According to an anonymous source with USA Today Sports, the newly retired Jason Kidd is being considered for the head coaching job for the Brooklyn Nets.
With other candidates like Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins, former Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw make sense, Kidd doesn’t seem like he fits—but he may make the best fit. He played in the league for over 19 seasons and considered a smart, intuitive player–just what a head coach needs. Besides, he wouldn’t be the first to do it.
Avery Johnson became the Dallas Mavericks’ assistant coach immediately after retiring in 2004, and was them promoted to head coach when Don Nelson resigned. This could be a great move for Kidd and San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich agreed saying:
“When you’ve played in the league as long as Jason has and played for a number of coaches, he’s pretty much seen everything that the NBA can offer,” San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Kidd’s reported candidacy while at the NBA Finals. “So he does have experience. If he’s crazy enough to want to be a head coach in the league, I wish him all the best. But he certainly has the intuitive skills to know what’s going on out there. Obviously, he would be able to have relationships with the players that he’s had with his coaches throughout. So if that’s what he wants to do, and that’s who they want to hire, I think that he’s got an opportunity and a possibility to be really, really good at it.”
While it may seem unpopular, I do think there are some retired players who would make great coaches. They would understand the importance of the team dynamic as well as the strategy needed to win.
I wish Jason Kidd good luck. Where ever he lands, I think he’ll make a great asset to any team.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
*parts of this story contributed from USA Today Sports