The Brooklyn Nets surprised many people across the basketball world with their decision to hire Jason Kidd as the team’s new head coach. Kidd had just hung up his sneakers when the Nets came calling, but it’s been clear that the franchise has been completely behind him from day one. Now, that’s been made very apparent by the team’s decision to retire his jersey number.
The legendary point guard of course played for the New Jersey Nets from 2001-2008. He helped lead them to two appearances in the NBA Finals and is no doubt deserving of having his number retired. But from more than just a respect perspective, the decison to retire his jersey really speaks volumes about how the Nets feel about Kidd.
This move just further reinforces that they’re 100 percent all in on him as the leader of this team. They don’t care that he has no head coaching experience. They’re going full steam ahead with a guy that they know has a great mind for the game.
I don’t think Kidd will have the smoothest of starts to his coaching career in 2013. The road is going to get rocky at times with so many proven veterans on the Nets’ roster. But by all accounts he has a great mind for the game and was basically acting as a player/coach for the last several years. If there’s anyone who can go from playing point guard one year, to being a rookie head coach the next, it’s no doubt Jason Kidd.