Jason Kidd’s journey back to the New York-metro area started with him wearing blue and orange for the New York Knicks, and will continue with him patrolling the black and white sidelines of the Brooklyn Nets. The nineteen-year veteran, first-ballot Hall of Famer and one-time NBA champion will reportedly ink a three-year deal to lead his former team to a place they haven’t been to since he wore their uniform so many years ago.
Prior to the start of last season, the Nets anticipated big things under then coach Avery Johnson, as they opened the brand new Barclay’s Center with much fanfare after moving the team from New Jersey to Brooklyn. They started the season 11-4 and Avery Johnson was named Coach of the Month, but by the end of December, interim Coach PJ Carlesimo had been named and the franchise was moving in a different direction.
The Nets lost to the Bulls in the opening round of this year’s playoffs, and Coach Carlesimo was shown the door not long after. With a chance to hire a coach that could take this team over the hump, the Brooklyn Nets have decided to gamble on an unproved commodity in Kidd. He’s well-liked and has a tremendous basketball IQ, but he’s never coached a day in his life and this team may not have the time for him to learn on-the-job. Some coaches may look at this decision with disdain, as an ex-player with no coaching experience is awarded one of thirty coveted jobs.
As a point guard, you act as a coach on the court, getting players in the right positions and running the offense. It’s going to be a lot different for Kidd on the sidelines with a clipboard, than it was running in and out of huddles near the free-throw line. Managing a game as a head coach will be the first of many challenges, but both Brooklyn and Jason Kidd seem prepared to cross those bridges when they get there.
As we all wrap our brain around the decision made by the Brooklyn Nets to name Jason Kidd as their next head coach, ponder this: What if the Green Bay Packers had a head coaching job available when Brett Favre finally retired? What if a week after he retired from the NFL, he was named the next head coach of the Packers? Exactly, and I don’t know if Jason Kidd is ready either!
-Joseph Haas, HaasStyleInterpretations.com