After recently being interviewed by the Brooklyn Nets, the team has officially hired Jason Kidd as the head coach beating out Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw for the job.
Kidd, 40, will make the leap out of a Hall Fame playing career and onto the bench this season. It’s a daring move for the Nets that promises to energize their fan base. Kidd is a revered figure in the franchise’s wayward history, and the revelation of his candidacy has inspired the public’s enthusiasm.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King have been strong advocates of Kidd’s candidacy, pursuing the kind of high-profile – if risky and unorthodox – hiring that they had sought throughout the search process. The success of Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has served as a blueprint for how the Nets think Kidd can grow into the job.
via Jason Kidd reaches deal to become Nets coach – Yahoo! Sports
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the deal will be for three years with a team option for the fourth. While Kidd is inexperienced at the head coaching position he’s expected to fill his bench with coaches that do have experience to balance things out.
From 2001 to 2006 Kidd was a member of the Brooklyn Nets leading the franchise to back-to-back championship appearances losing in both. Kidd averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists over that stretch. Kidd recently walked away from the New York Knicks and retired after a 19 year career.
As for Brian Shaw, who has missed out on several head coaching gigs over the past few years, this likely puts him toward the front of the race for the Los Angeles Clippers job.