Should Knicks make a run at Coach Kidd?
June, 10, 2013
By Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com
News broke on Sunday that Jason Kidd will have a meeting with Nets GM Billy King early this week to discuss the team's head coaching vacancy.
But would that really be the best fit for Kidd and the Nets, even though the former Knick played for the franchise and is close with their point guard, Deron Williams?
Not only is a player becoming an immediate head coach a challenging adjustment, but the Nets are also in win-now mode, based on owner Mikhail Prokhorov's five-year championship plan. The Nets would likely be better suited with Brian Shaw to replace P.J. Carlesimo. Shaw has a wealth of coaching experience under Phil Jackson and most recently Frank Vogel.
While the Nets continue their full-court press on Shaw, the Knicks should make a hard push to have Kidd join their staff as an assistant coach. For one, the Knicks shouldn't let one of their own, a future Hall of Fame point guard, jump ship to their Atlantic Division, cross-river rival and deliver important intel.
Second, Kidd is one of the smartest players to ever play the game. The Knicks would benefit from having him around.
"He's a guy that always had a great feel for the game," one veteran NBA scout told ESPNNewYork.com. "He's also a tremendous defensive player as well in terms of understanding positioning and just knowing how to get to the ball, rebounding the ball."
Kidd retired as one of the greatest passers in history and would continue to help the Knicks with their passing. They need to fine tune their ball and player movement next season, as their isolation style of play dominated their disappointing postseason.
Kidd has the right pedigree to assist the Knicks.
Do you think the Knicks, with news of the Nets in the mix, should step up their efforts to hire Kidd as an assistant? Leave us your comments below.
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