Brooklyn Nets Name Jason Kidd As Head Coach

NetsThe Nets have their third coach since moving to Brooklyn, and they haven’t even started their second season yet.  It was announced today that the recently retired Jason Kidd, who served as the team captain of the Nets during the franchise’s most successful seasons, which saw them reach the NBA finals in back-to-back season, will be serving as head coach for the Nets next season.  Kidd was certainly the sentimental pick for the position, but selecting a former player who has no head coaching experience is a tact usually reserved for lottery teams with low expectation.  Though the Nets improved greatly this past season, a first-round exit was considered disappointing given the team’s payroll. 

Jason Kidd led the Nets to back-to-back finals appearances in 2003 and 2004.

Jason Kidd led the Nets to back-to-back finals appearances in 2003 and 2004.

Max contracts were awarded to but Derron Williams and Brook Lopez, while the Nets also brought in Joe Johnson who is playing under a max-contract.  Forward Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace are both set to make over 10 million each next season.  Coupled with their salary, the team had home-court advantage in the first round and had a relatively healthy squad.  Despite these advantages the Nets lost to the Chicago Bulls who themselves were ravaged by injuries.  Many believed the Nets were out coached in that series and fans were hoping the Nets would address their coaching concerns in the offseason.  Phil Jackson was on top of the list, though he expressed little interest.  Other names floated around included Jerry Sloan and Jeff Van Gundy, and with Lionel Hollins and George Karl both becoming available recently, and Brian Shaw considered the favorite for the position by many, Kidd’s interest in the job came at the last minute and his selection was relatively surprising.  The Nets no doubt hope that Kidd will excel at the job much as former players like Doc Rivers and Larry Bird did in their first years as coach.  History does not bode well for rookie coaches though as no rookie coach has never reached the NBA finals and it seems little outside of a deep playoff run will meet the expectations of both fans an ownership. 

 

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