NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hello, Brooklyn?
Jason Kidd wants to go straight from playing to coaching in the NBA, and interest in the Nets’ vacancy is “mutual,” according to the New York Post.
Brooklyn’s coaching search is “strongly pointing toward” Kidd after his meeting with team brass, the Post reported, adding that he’s “viewed as the leading candidate for the job.”
Kidd retired last week after 19 seasons in the NBA. He played for Dallas, Phoenix and New York, though the future Hall of Famer will be best remembered in the Tri-State area for leading the Nets to two straight NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
The knock on Kidd, considered to be one of the NBA’s smartest players, has been his lack of coaching experience. It’s been reported that he could sign on former Nets coach Lawrence Frank as his top assistant.
“He would have to surround himself with experienced people,” an unnamed player-turned-coach told the Post. “Personally, I think Jason would be excellent. … But believe it, no matter how ready he feels, it will be a shock to the system at first.”
Nets general manager Billy King announced after Brooklyn’s playoff ouster that interim coach P.J. Carlesimo would not return. The team is scheduled to meet with Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
Kidd, a 10-time All-Star, spent 6.5 memorable seasons with the New Jersey-era Nets.
He recently retired after one season with the New York Knicks.
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