Only days removed from retiring as one of the most highly decorated point guards of all time, Jason Kidd is not planning on staying away from the NBA for long.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Kidd is currently pursuing the Brooklyn Nets’ open head coaching position.
Kidd has been talking with associates about the possibility of making the immediate leap from a Hall of Fame playing career to a head coaching job, and has been working to identify a staff of assistant coaches who could help him overcome the significant learning curve, sources said.
Reports have indicated that current Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw is the team’s first choice to replace PJ Carlesimo. Avery Johnson began the 2012 season at the helm, but was canned following a poor start. Carlesimo was then named the interim coach but was not given the full-time duties after Brooklyn was bounced by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
As for Kidd, he retired after one season with the Knicks, but his ties to the Nets organization run far deeper. He led the Nets to the NBA Finals in both 2002 and 2003, while the franchise was still based in New Jersey.
A 10-time All-Star, Kidd stepped away from the game second in both assists (12,091) and steals (2,684) behind John Stockton. He was always an extremely brainy floor general, but coaching is an entirely different animal.