You can cross “getting his first technical foul” off the list of firsts for new Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd. Kidd, who made his coaching debut with the Brooklyn Nets at the NBA’s Orlando summer league yesterday, was T’d up with 2:23 remaining in the game after leaving the bench and walking across half court to challenge a foul call during the Nets’ 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
It was the first of many lessons for Kidd, who took over the coaching reigns for Brooklyn just days after announcing his retirement from a 19 year Hall of Fame career.
A big part of that learning curve will be how Kidd delegates responsibility to his more experienced staff, particularly his head assistant, Lawrence Frank. Early on in the Jason Kidd coaching experiment it seems as if he is doing a good job at delegating part of that responsibility, particulary on the offensive side of the ball to coach Frank. Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor said the two coaches seemed to split the responsibilities in half.
Being surrounded by experienced assistants such as Lawrence Frank is going to go a long way in helping to make the transition from the court to the sideline a smooth one for Kidd; still the first year head coach has a long way to go. Coaching young players such as Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia and first round pick Mason Plumlee is one thing, however, getting veterans and future hall of famers to buy in is another manner all together. As one of the NBA’s most respected players during his career Nets fans are hoping Kidd will garner that same respect as he takes to the bench for Brooklyn this upcoming season.
Sunday’s summer league debut against the Detroit Pistons was the first step in what many expect to be a long and successful coaching career for Jason Kidd. That is, of course, as long as he remembers not to walk across half court.