CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former teammates, players and a former NBA assistant coach think the credibility a Hall of Fame career brings — and familiarity with today’s players — will help Jason Kidd successfully transition into coaching.
Kidd was named the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, less than two weeks after he ended a 19-year career as a point guard that included an NBA championship and two tours as a leader on the U.S. Olympic team. He’s also No. 2 in career assists and steals in NBA history.
“He’s going to have incredible credibility with his players, which is huge,” said Brendan Suhr, a longtime NBA assistant coach under Chuck Daly, Hubie Brown and Lenny Wilkens.
Even the accountability as the man in charge won’t be a problem, said Suhr, who is attending the National Basketball Players Association’s Top 100 camp at the University of Virginia and teaching players how to start coaching careers.
“He’ll be fine. He’s handled accountability before,” Suhr said, adding that one of Kidd’s main priorities needs to be hiring experienced assistants to “fill in the gaps that you don’t have.”
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