From newly retired, to interested in coaching, to meeting with a team and now to rumored to being offered a head coaching gig – in a matter of days – has made Jason Kidd the center of NBA news for the moment.
According to Brian Geltzeiler, a regular radio guest with Yahoo and founder of hoopscritic.com, the Brooklyn Nets have reached out and offered their head coaching gig to Kidd. This could end a long, grueling, stressful and hectic… three day process?
With Kidd recently announcing his retirement just last week, nobody foresaw something like this coming so quickly. Many had assumed the future Hall of Fame point guard would someday make his way into coaching, but not nearly this soon.
While Kidd would undoubtedly bring a multitude of experience and knowledge of the game, the Nets do receive a highly inexperienced cadidate if he were to accept the position. The organization stressed the fact they wanted Kidd to bring in a lot of experience with him to help him make the transtion – namely former Nets head coach Lawrence Frank.
Frank will come on, if Kidd is hired, as an assistant coach and will be able to help smooth over the move from player to coach.
With so many other options out there like Lionel Hollins, Jeff Van Gundy, Brian Shaw and George Karl it is stunning to see the Nets make such a fast decision. Kidd has strong ties to the organization, of course, and will be respected highly around the locker room and front office.
But, is this ultimately the best move for the club? We will find out. For now, it looks as though Kidd has made the quickest transition from player to coach we have seen in quite some time.