Jason Kidd, was hired to coach the Brooklyn Nets after he just retired after 19 years as a player in the NBA.
“Yes, I have a lot to learn about coaching,” Kidd said, but when he was playing as a point guard, “I felt like I was an extension of the coach.”
In a message Kidd said to the team’s players, “You’ve got to play hard, you’ve got to play defense and we’re going to grow together.”
Jason Kidd replaces P.J. Carlesimo who was let go after leading the Nets into the playoffs, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls in the first round.
Kiddis with the franchise he led to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03, when they played in New Jersey. He spent 6 1/2 seasons with the Nets., averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds. He spent last season with the New York Knicks.
Nets general manager Billy King said he’s not concerned about Jason Kidd’s lack of experience on the bench and that any hire is a risk. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.