What a rollercoaster this has been in the past few days. First, Jason Kidd retires from the New York Knicks after playing nearly two decades and now it looks as though he will enter next season as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a source close to the situation told them that the Nets and Kidd are negotiating a deal at the moment for him to become the team’s next head coach. While ESPN could not confirm nor refute the report, the Inquirer seems to think it is a done deal.
The contract is said to be for three years, but no official word has broken regarding length or the financial aspects of the deal.
What is intriguing about the situation is that the Nets will still interview Brian Shaw Wednesday as well. If a deal with Kidd is imminent, the meeting with Shaw may be simply to pay him his respect.
Up until about Sunday, Shaw seemed to be the favorite to land the job. Then reports came out about Kidd wanting to coach the team, and the rest appears to be history. Sunday, Kidd spoke about pursuing the position and then Monday met with the team.
Nets fans look as though they are split on the decision. I have heard from many fans that they are excited about Kidd’s opportunity, yet others went so far as to say they are ‘throwing in the towel’ if he is hired.
In any event, you have to be happy for Kidd. As a tenured NBA veteran with so many accomplishments and knowledge retained about the game, he deserves a shot. Whether his player mentality will translate into a coaching mentality, that is another question.
Thankfully for the organization, Kidd will be bringing with his former head coach Lawrence Frank. With Frank alongside him, Kidd should be eased into the transition and I am sure having strong ties to the organization as a whole will surely help also.
There should be an announcement coming later this week according to the reports, so be prepared for Kidd to steal the show away from the NBA Finals just for a bit.