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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Jason Garrett on Jason Kidd: I'm a true fan

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- With recently retired NBA star Jason Kidd being named the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was asked if an NFL player could leave the field and become a head coach quickly as Kidd did.

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"It would be a challenge," Garrett said. "If anybody could do it, Jason Kidd could do it. If anybody watched him play basketball for one minute knows how he sees the game and how he understands the game is as good as anybody who has ever played the game. The success that he's had throughout his career, individually and with the teams he's been on has been remarkable."

Kidd retired from the NBA on June 3, and after a conversation with his agent, Jeff Schwartz, the idea was broached about becoming a head coach.

"I have a lot to learn about coaching," Kidd said at a news conference Thursday. "But when I played the game, I looked at myself as an extension of the coach. And now I look at Deron (Williams) to be that guy."

Garrett, who follows some of the New York-area pro teams, is an admirer of Kidd.

"I'm a true fan of his," Garrett said. "I wish him nothing but the best."