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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Jax: J-Kidd will prove naysayers wrong

By Ian Begley

Jason Kidd feels like Mark Jackson’s success in Golden State helped Kidd land the Nets job.

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Mark Jackson
Jackson, who went from player to coach with no prior experience -- albeit with some broadcasting in-between -- was asked by the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday if he deserved credit for paving the way for Kidd to make the quick transition.

“No. I think at the end of the day Jason Kidd is an all-time great player who I’ve got a lot of respect for,” Jackson replied to the newspaper.

“I’ve talked to him often. He reached out and thanked me and we’ve had great dialogue. I just think he’s going to do very well. I’m happy for him. I think it was a great hire for the Nets.

“That being said, I think it’s now up to Jason to open the door for the next guy to prove that the naysayers are wrong.

“What I don’t want is for people to say this doesn’t work or that does work. ... There’s been success stories with former players, straight out of the booth or straight from playing, success stories with people out of college or retread coaches.

“And there’s been failures across the board.

“We’ve got to look at each situation and judge it from that. I have a lot of respect for Jason Kidd, think he’s going to do great. To me, it meant a lot he reached out and I think it’s great for Brooklyn.”