On June 3rd, just ten days ago, former Sun Jason Kidd retired from the NBA after an illustrious 19-year career in the league.
Apparently, retirement didn’t sit too well with the 10-time All-Star. He just was introduced Thursday afternoon as the Brooklyn Net’s new head coach.
While Kidd played only four and a half seasons here in Phoenix, he played nearly seven more successful years with the (then New Jersey) Nets, giving him the history of multiple NBA Finals appearances to help his pitch to become the coach.
The 40-year-old was an amazing point guard
during his playing days two weeks ago and finished 2nd overall in NBA history in assists and steals. As the starting point guard, he won a championship in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks. He was a smart player who knows how every nuance of the game and has the respect of a lot of players in the league.
We know he was a great player, and we all knew he had the potential to be a great coach sometime down the road, but the question remains, Does he have what it takes to be an excellent coach right now?
It is sounding like Kidd knows he needs a strong coaching staff if he wants to be successful. This could include Lawrence Frank, who was recently the head coach for the Detroit Pistons and before that for the Nets.
Overall, I thought that Kidd would be a coach someday, but frankly thought Chauncey Billups would beat him to it. However, Billups is still playing in the league and Kidd got his chance earlier than anybody really predicted. Only time will tell if the Nets are making the right move to hire him, but I’m excited to see what happens next season.