There have been plenty of interesting head coaching moves this offseason, but the argument can be made that no move was as interesting as the one made by the Brooklyn Nets as they’ve agreed on a three-year deal with Jason Kidd.
The potential Hall of Fame guard just retired from the game as a player shortly after the New York Knicks were eliminated in the semifinals against the Indiana Pacers and the fact that he’s already making the transition to head coach this quickly came as a bit of a surprise. Over the last 19 seasons, Kidd has displayed phenomenal leadership skills as one of the league’s top guards and he certainly didn’t let age play a factor this past season as he was a key factor in helping the Knicks earn the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Only time will tell when it comes to whether or not Kidd will be able to use these same leadership skills as a head coach, but it certainly seems like a move that may be worth the risk for the Nets. Brooklyn seems like the type of team with enough talent to be one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference for the next couple of years–so there’s really no excuse for Kidd to lead this team if he really has what it takes to be a head coach.
Plus, if things fail to work out with Kidd–the Nets may be left wondering if they would have been better off with Brian Shaw as their head coach instead.
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