Monday, June 10, 2013
Frank: Kidd 'could be a great head coach'
By Mike Mazzeo
Jason Kidd's former coach, Lawrence Frank, thinks the future Hall of Fame point guard would make a fine coach.
"I think Jason could become a great coach," Frank said on NBC's "Mike'd Up" on Sunday night. "Think about his training: 19 years of playing, an NBA championship, two Olympic gold medals. ... [He's] one of the smartest players to ever play the game, a great leader who has a great presence. I think Jason could be a great head coach."
Frank coached Kidd from 2003-08, when both were with the Nets. Kidd, whose playing career ended with his retirement last week, is hoping to become the Brooklyn Nets' next head coach. Sources told ESPN.com he'll meet with GM Billy King early this week to discuss the possibility of taking over the job.
"Not only did he change a team in terms of culture," Frank said of Kidd's impact on the Nets when they were in New Jersey, "he changed the culture of the whole organization. He made players better, he made coaches better, management better, the owners better."
Frank pointed out that Kidd ranks second all-time in assists and steals, made more 3-pointers than Larry Bird and grabbed more rebounds than Alonzo Mourning, "yet at the end of the day, Jason's about letters, he's not about the numbers. He's about wins and losses. He's one of the fiercest competitors I've ever been around, truly one of the all-time greats."