Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/13/13
The guys who get hired to coach NBA teams seem to come in about four varieties: the legends, the coaching lifers, college coaches and former players who still are young enough to seem vaguely cool (or at least familiar) to current players. The latest NBA coaching hire fell into that final category. The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd, who retired so recently he probably still has some personal property laying around at Madison Square Garden. He replaces P.J. Carlesimo, who falls into the coaching lifers category and is out of a job despite his wealth of experience and having led the Nets to the playoffs last season. And Kidd beat out another former point guard, Brian Shaw, who has years of experience as an assistant. Despite Kidd's lack of coaching experience, the hire makes sense for several reasons. For one, Kidd led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals in his 6 1/2 seasons in New Jersey and is the franchise leader in several statistical categories. He's also close friends with Net...
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