From playing on the court to coaching in a matter of a few weeks, Jason Kidd has made the transition from uniform to suit. It has been reported that 19-year veteran Jason Kidd, who retired on June 3, will now be the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets also met with Brian Shaw on Wednesday but they decided to go with the future Hall of Famer.
The two sides made it official on Wednesday night, and Kidd will be introduced at a news conference tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Barclays Center.
This is a risky move by the Nets because Jason Kidd does not have any coaching experience, but he is a big name and has a lot of basketball knowledge—Kidd also changed the Nets’ losing culture when he arrived in New Jersey back in 2001.
So, after a splashy signing, what’s the Nets’ next move?
It will be imperative that the Nets surround the new coach with veteran assistants, in order for Kidd to succeed, the staff must aid him in this sudden transition from player to coach.
Kidd is a proven winner and leader on the court, but now he has to prove he can win as a coach, especially since Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov believes the Nets will win the NBA championship by 2015. That’s already putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on Kidd.