Saturday, July 6, 2013
Kidd to make coaching debut Sunday
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd will make his head-coaching debut Sunday afternoon when the Brooklyn Nets' summer league team takes on the Detroit Pistons at 5 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.
"This is a process, a learning process, and so for the first game, just like at practice, I’m going to look and try to put guys in a position to be successful both offensively and defensively," Kidd said Saturday. "Try to correct them if they do something wrong and applaud when they do something right."
Jason Kidd will coach the Nets' summer league team Sunday in Orlando, Fla.
Kidd said he didn't participate in the summer league as a player in 1995; he was named co-Rookie of the Year anyway.
"It existed, but I skipped it," Kidd said. "If you’re asking me if I’ve ever seen it, I might have caught it on TV once or twice. This is new all the way around for me."
Kidd said he’s excited for the opportunity to diagram plays.
"We’ve been doing it here in practice. We’ll have fun with it," he said. "My job is again hopefully to call the right plays at the right time and put guys in a position to score -- make or miss.
"This week, I’m looking to see what works and what doesn’t work."
Kidd was asked how he’ll respond to the officiating.
"It’s no different than when I was a player. I’ll respect the officials, and my guys will respect the officials," he said. "My goal is to get them not to complain to the officials. Sometimes out of habit or reaction you do. But if they do it, it’ll be a quick second and you move on. And so for me, it’s just respect them like I did as a player."
He was asked if he’s reached out to any NBA coaches for advice.
"I’ve talked to Mark Jackson and a lot of these different coaches and they’ve just told me to be myself," Kidd said. "To be able to learn and to be able to listen, and so I’m excited about that."
Kidd has a Twitter handle, but don’t expect him to use it all that often.
"I’ll tweet once in a while, but I’m not a guy that does it every day," he said.