Yahoo Jason Kidd has reached an agreement in principle to become the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. A news conference to introduce Kidd in Brooklyn will happen on Thursday. Kidd’s contract is expected to be guaranteed for three seasons with a possible fourth-year team option, league sources said. Kidd, 40, will make the leap out of a Hall Fame playing career and onto the bench next season. It’s a daring move for the Nets that promises to energize their fan base. Kidd is a revered figure in the franchise’s wayward history, and the revelation of his candidacy has inspired the public’s enthusiasm. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King have been strong advocates of Kidd’s candidacy, pursuing the kind of high-profile – if risky and unorthodox – hiring that they had sought throughout the search process. The success of Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has served as a blueprint for how the Nets think Kidd can grow into the job. The Nets missed on traditional coaching stars Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers and ultimately landed on a superstar player whom they project will evolve into a good coach. King met with another finalist, Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, for 4½ hours on Wednesday in New York. Once that meeting had ended, the Nets moved to finalize the agreement with Kidd. Kidd is working to secure the services of two key assist coaches – Lawrence Frank and Tim Grgurich – to join his staff. With no coaching experience, Kidd will need to lean heavily on the coaches he hires to surround him.
In a move that has been rumored for weeks, one of the greatest platers in the history of the Nets franchise, Jason Kidd will be named the new head coach. Kidd has no previous coaching experience, in fact, he was just playing for the Knicks three weeks ago.
There is no doubt that Kidd knows the game and had what it takes to succeed, the Nets believe they are ready to win now, so Kidd will be thrown right into the fire.
One thing that is flying under the radar here is Kidd’s close friendship with Nets point guard and notorious coach killer Deron Williams, Kidd tried to lure Williams to Dallas when he was with the Mavericks, and the two often golf together. Maybe this friendship will prevent Williams from throwing Kidd under the bus, and you have to assume Williams will like Kidd’s system, which is sure to be point guard friendly.
Hopefully Nets fans did not throw away, donate or burn their old Jason Kidd Jerseys, now they can wear them to support their new head coach.