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Gregg Popovich vouches for Jason Kidd as coach

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12:14 PM ET 06.10 | Gregg Popovich is a fan of Jason Kidd. Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs once hoped to pair the now-retired point guard with current floor general Tony Parker, after all. So when rumors started mounting about Kidd wanting to join the Brooklyn Nets as a head coach, well, Popovich threw his name behind the future Hall of Famer. "When you've played in the league as long as Jason has and played for a number of coaches, he's pretty much seen everything that the NBA can offer," Popovich said before Game 2 of the NBA Finals. "But he certainly has the intuitive skills to know what's going on out there. Obviously, he would be able to have relationships with the players that he's had with his coaches throughout."

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June 10, 2013  01:07 PM ET
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How dumb.Pop has NO CLUE as to kidd's work ethic, communication skills, dedication, etc as he has never coached himMaybe he's a prick.....how the hell can pop know

Because Pop is a lot smarter than you

June 10, 2013  01:11 PM ET

Sometimes great PGs don't work out well being a head coach. Case in point Magic and Isiah...

June 10, 2013  01:47 PM ET
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How dumb.Pop has NO CLUE as to kidd's work ethic, communication skills, dedication, etc as he has never coached himMaybe he's a prick.....how the hell can pop know

Considered by many to the the best coach in the NBA; 4 titles to his credit; countless playoffs wins; but he has no clue about another player that's been in the league for about 15 years? But you obviously know more???

June 10, 2013  01:59 PM ET
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Because Pop is a lot smarter than you

Doh!

June 10, 2013  06:15 PM ET

Head Coaching is a LOT more people management that just X's and O's. Having a group of experienced assistant coaches does help, but unless you have a strong personality and big time communication skills to make an impression to the players, HC isn't for you.

Kidd is a super smart player and he may have those, I don't know. Someone like Ewing doesn't seem to be cut out to be a HC just for those reasons.

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June 10, 2013  07:39 PM ET

The "play the game the way it's supposed to be played" ex-players (like Riley, Sloan or Skiles) tend to make better coaches. In that regard, Kidd should do better than Jordan, Isiah or Magic. Especially these days where players lack the fundamentals.

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June 11, 2013  03:50 AM ET

Kidd always came off as a little bit of a ****, in my opinion.

June 11, 2013  03:52 AM ET

Seems somewhat out of character for Pop to make these comments. I don't think I like it.

 
June 11, 2013  11:57 PM ET

shut up jgb worry about your knicks being the laughing stock in the big city!!!

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