Monday, June 10, 2013
Kidd as Nets coach: Could it work?
By Mike Mazzeo
Jason Kidd ... head coach of the Brooklyn Nets?
Yeah, it could happen. Kidd is meeting with the Nets early this week about transitioning from player to coach.
With that in mind, here are three reasons it could work -- and three reasons it wouldn't:
Why it could work
1. He's one of the greatest point guards of all time: Kidd obviously doesn't have any coaching experience -- he just retired last week -- but if there's anyone who knows the game, it's him. Kidd, 40, a terrific passer and defender, was capable of notching a triple-double on any given night. He's a leader, a teacher, a sure Hall of Famer and someone who should command respect from his players. If owner Mikhail Prokhorov is looking for a "big name," Kidd is certainly a big name -- albeit not Phil Jackson.
2. He's the greatest player in franchise history: The Nets were a joke before GM Rod Thorn traded for Kidd, who transformed them into a championship contender. With Kidd running the point, the Nets made two appearances in the NBA Finals. The Nets were a hot ticket this past season, and making Kidd their head coach would only help in that respect. It'll probably bring added media attention too. Not a bad bonus in this town -- especially when fighting an uphill battle against the New York Knicks for city supremacy and fans.
3. He's good friends with Deron Williams: Their families vacation together and they have the same agent (Excel's Jeff Schwartz). Suffice to say D-Will would sign off on this hire.
Why it wouldn't work
1. Kidd has no experience: Maybe this isn't such a bad thing, but it could be. Mark Jackson went from point guard to successful head coach, but he had several years as a commentator beforehand. Magic Johnson, considered by many to be the greatest point guard ever, was 5-11 during his brief coaching career. The Nets said during breakup day that they wanted a veteran coach, and Kidd doesn't fit that bill.
2. He has a checkered past: Last July, Kidd was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to a domestic abuse charge. If he does get the job, which essentially makes him one of the faces and voices of the franchise, Kidd can't get into trouble with the law.
3. Expectations are high: Too high, considering the roster that was in place, P.J. Carlesimo has said. Prokhorov has a ton of money invested in a roster that is capped out and couldn't get past the first round. Still, the Nets have talent and it would be up to Kidd to maximize it. What happens if they get off to a bad start? How would Kidd deal with coaching one of his good friends, D-Will, who happens to be the team's best player?