It’s official. Jason Kidd has been hired by the Nets to be their new head coach.
According to sources, Kidd will be P.J. Carlesimo’s replacement as the Brooklyn Nets head coach. The rumor that had been circulating all week finally became official according to Stefan Bondy who covers the Nets for the New York Daily News.
A source confirms Jason Kidd will be the new coach of the Nets.
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) June 13, 2013
It became very clear in the playoffs that Kidd was past his prime as a player. He went eight straight games in the playoffs without scoring a single point for the Knicks, his now cross-town rival. After the season, Kidd backed out of his three year deal that he signed prior to the 2012-13 season, and clearly had aspirations of coaching.
Kidd has never had any coaching experience at any level, which is why the deal is peculiar to some. However, if you’ve watched him play before you know he has always been a coach on the court. He was the intrical part to the Nets success in the early part of the millenium, leading them to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
This year with the Knicks, he was the only guy who kept the ball moving in the Knicks offense that looked to isolate offense. Early in the season, he was a spark plug for the team but showed his age as the season progressed.
The details of the deal are unclear at this time.
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