Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Kittles: Coach Kidd will be fine
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Ex-Net Kerry Kittles thinks his former teammate, Jason Kidd, is going to make a great head coach.
“He’s been around this game for a long time, so he knows what’s going on as far as players and how they think, so I think he’ll be fine,” Kittles told ESPNNewYork.com as he left the NBA League Offices Wednesday.
“And actually having Kevin Garnett there is going to make it easier for him, because Kevin is going to be another coach in the locker room.”
Kerry Kittles, ex-teammate of Jason Kidd, said the Nets' rookie coach "will be fine" this season.
Kittles played in the same backcourt with Kidd for three seasons (2001-04); the Nets advanced to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively.
Asked to compare those finals teams to the current Nets roster, Kittles said: “They’re definitely different. We were more of a speed team, transition, open court, Jason Kidd pushing the ball.
“I think this team is gonna be a smarter team. They have a lot of experience, so they’ll be able to be more tactical in how efficient they are, and they’ll be able to make adjustments quicker on the fly with whatever strategies the coaches decide to implement, so I’m looking forward to how these guys are gonna play.”
As for how he sees the Nets stacking up with the rest of the Eastern Conference, Kittles said: “They’ll be fine. They’ll be really good. They’ve got a lot of talent. And they’re deep.”
Kittles is impressed with the transformation the franchise has gone through since moving from New Jersey.
“Honestly, I think just being in a different building and having a city associated with it, Brooklyn, I went to a few games this year and I was blown away with the experience,” Kittles said. “I wish I had that experience when I played. But these guys are very lucky to have this city, Brooklyn, so it’s exciting.”
Kittles, 39, who retired in 2004-05, was at the NBA League Offices participating in the 2013 Corporate Crossover Program, which assists retired and current NBA players in developing their post-playing career interests.
“Just transitioning on to this phase for me, going back to grad school and trying to figure out the next phase of my life, I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to be here and listen to what the NBA has to offer as far as different opportunities in different departments,” Kittles said. “So it was very informative and I’m looking forward to what’s next.”
So what does Kittles want to eventually do?
“I have interest in player development. I have interest in coaching, having an impact with young guys, just scouting, all kinds of things,” Kittles said.