On Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets followed through with the surprising report that they would be hiring the recently retired Jason Kidd as their new head coach. In a press conference in Barclays Center, Kidd was officially introduced as Brooklyn’s new head man.
The 10-time all-star spent 19 years as an NBA player and his hiring is a massive splash. Making the leap directly from player to coach without a second of experience drawing up plays at any level is obviously a risk, but that is a risk the team is willing to take.
He is, after all, one of the most decorated players in franchise history. He spent 6½ seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds and led the team to consecutive berths in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
Check out a few photos of Kidd’s introductory press conference.