Sunday, June 9, 2013
Sources: Kidd eyes Nets' vacancy
By Ian Begley
Sources have confirmed to ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Jason Kidd is meeting early this week with Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King to pitch himself as the team's next head coach.
Kidd's meeting with King was originally scheduled as an open-ended discussion about potential employment with the Nets. But sources told ESPN.com on Sunday night that Kidd is determined to convince King that he is ready to make an immediate jump into coaching after retiring this past week.
It's interesting that Kidd is looking to make the rare jump from retirement to head coach. Normally, retired players start as assistants and are promoted to head coaches. But the move is not unprecedented.
Avery Johnson retired and then was hired as a Mavs assistant the next season. Later that season, Johnson later took over for Don Nelson as head coach.
If any player can make such a difficult jump, it's Kidd. His knowledge of the game is incredible and he relates well to players.
But are the Nets, a team that's ready to win now, the best fit for a coach without any head coaching experience?