Nets to hire Jason Kidd
The Nets spent a long day interviewing Pacers assistant Brian Shaw. They listend to what Shaw had to offer and the ideas he had for the future of the Nets. They listened.
The Nets have gone with recently retired Jason Kidd as their new head coach. The Nets called a news conference for Thursday afternoon to officially introduce Kidd back to the Nets franchise as its new head coach. A big splash page on the Nets' Web site welcomes Kidd "back where he belongs."
This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it's a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days," said Kidd. "Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that's how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career."
Kidd had his best years in New Jersey with the Nets, finishing second in MVP voting in 2002 and leading the Nets to back-to-back Finals in 2002 and 2003. He was for a long time the best point guard in the NBA.
Kidd is expected to assemble a more experienced staff that should include his former coach in New Jersey and former Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank. Kidd has reportedly been spending much of his time since his interview assembling this staff. Hopefully it can fill in the gaps of his inexperience as a coach.
For Brian Shaw though?
This is another tough loss as the long-time assistant coach, once thought as Phil Jackson's chosen successor, still cannot get a head coaching job. He is supposedly the frontrunner for the Clippers job now.
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