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Nets' coaching search down to Jason Kidd and Brian Shaw

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03:04 AM ET 06.12 | The Brooklyn Nets appear to be nearing the end of their head coaching search and have reportedly narrowed the list of finalists to just two names. According to FoxSports.com, the Nets are down to Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and former Nets guard Jason Kidd as the two guys they want leading the team into the future. One name makes great sense and the other still feels like a gimmick. Either the Nets are really that desperate for a backup plan or Jason Kidd is honestly that well-suited for the job, but Brooklyn believes he's an equal option with Shaw as he's on the shortlist of guys they'll hire. The report doesn't specify who is ahead of whom on the list but common sense and logic suggest that Shaw is the guy they'll ask first and Kidd will clean up whatever mess is left. There have been reports though that indicate it's the other way around and Kidd has come out of nowhere as the favorite for the job, but we won't truly know until one is offered the job.

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Jason Kidd, AP Photo/Bill Kostroun Jason Kidd, AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
June 12, 2013  06:23 PM ET

They might as well save face and go all in trying to court Kidd. Shaw can get just about any job open he wants, and will continue to be able to pick his spot just like Thibadeau did, for the foreseeable future. There is no chance he wants any part of that mess of a roster in Brooklyn. Might as well just give it to Kidd and let the legend give it a go.

June 12, 2013  06:51 PM ET

Bishop O'Dowd vs St. Joseph rivalry now moves into NBA coaching. Go Dragons.

June 12, 2013  09:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They might as well save face and go all in trying to court Kidd. Shaw can get just about any job open he wants, and will continue to be able to pick his spot just like Thibadeau did, for the foreseeable future. There is no chance he wants any part of that mess of a roster in Brooklyn. Might as well just give it to Kidd and let the legend give it a go.

I don't think their roster is a mess. They have a pretty good starting 5. The only problem is their cap but that's the owners problem. They'll be fine...

June 12, 2013  09:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Bishop O'Dowd vs St. Joseph rivalry now moves into NBA coaching. Go Dragons.

Must be a university of California thing also... Santa Barbara and Irvine.

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June 12, 2013  11:12 PM ET

If they were smart they would hire Shaw immediately... But then again we are talking about the Nets!

June 12, 2013  11:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If they were smart they would hire Shaw immediately... But then again we are talking about the Nets!

If they were smart, they should hite neither of the 2 and go with an experienced and credible coach. They are in a win-now mode and don't have the luxury to give on-the-job training to their HC. smh

June 12, 2013  11:46 PM ET

SI front pages says Kidd got the job.

June 13, 2013  03:43 AM ET

Jason Kidd got the job and I don't know that I find this odd at all. First and most obvious is that he has no coaching experience. To that, I mention one name... Larry Bird. I don't think there's any need to elaborate, but suffice it to say that he did a pretty good job during his time on the bench. Dare anyone say that Jason Kidd isn't as knowledgeable about the pro game and the athletes who play it? Dare anyone say that he isn't one of the smartest players who's ever played the game... Having played (arguably) the most important position in the game?

Secondly, Brian Shaw [at this point] is all hype. There's no guarantee that he'd fare any better than anyone else in his first attempt at the big chair. Being a disciple of the great enabler, I'm not so sure he'd do any better than Kurt Rambis did. This is conjecture of course, but still... Is there any doubt that he'd try to employ the Triangle offense? While I think the Nets have the personnel to pull it off, there's still no guarantee that it would work. What's more, and as the saying goes in regards to assistant turned head coach, "Things look a lot different when you move one chair over."

I think hiring Jason Kidd is a bold move with a chance to become a disaster, but if the impression of Jason Kidd the basketball player is any indication, I wouldn't be so quick to foretell doom. Especially considering how quickly this process went and with the ambition of the owner. Kidd must have put together one hell of a presentation to turn this search in his direction. I think that counts as a clear indication of how much time, forethought and energy he puts into preparation. Plus, he understands (and knows first hand) the grind of a professional season and the minds of players going through it. Plus, being a point guard of his caliber, he knows how and more importantly "when" to push the right buttons. All of this counts.

June 13, 2013  04:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jason Kidd got the job and I don't know that I find this odd at all. First and most obvious is that he has no coaching experience. To that, I mention one name... Larry Bird. I don't think there's any need to elaborate, but suffice it to say that he did a pretty good job during his time on the bench. Dare anyone say that Jason Kidd isn't as knowledgeable about the pro game and the athletes who play it? Dare anyone say that he isn't one of the smartest players who's ever played the game... Having played (arguably) the most important position in the game?Secondly, Brian Shaw [at this point] is all hype. There's no guarantee that he'd fare any better than anyone else in his first attempt at the big chair. Being a disciple of the great enabler, I'm not so sure he'd do any better than Kurt Rambis did. This is conjecture of course, but still... Is there any doubt that he'd try to employ the Triangle offense? While I think the Nets have the personnel to pull it off, there's still no guarantee that it would work. What's more, and as the saying goes in regards to assistant turned head coach, "Things look a lot different when you move one chair over."I think hiring Jason Kidd is a bold move with a chance to become a disaster, but if the impression of Jason Kidd the basketball player is any indication, I wouldn't be so quick to foretell doom. Especially considering how quickly this process went and with the ambition of the owner. Kidd must have put together one hell of a presentation to turn this search in his direction. I think that counts as a clear indication of how much time, forethought and energy he puts into preparation. Plus, he understands (and knows first hand) the grind of a professional season and the minds of players going through it. Plus, being a point guard of his caliber, he knows how and more importantly "when" to push the right buttons. All of this counts.

Well said.

June 13, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If they were smart, they should hite neither of the 2 and go with an experienced and credible coach. They are in a win-now mode and don't have the luxury to give on-the-job training to their HC. smh

The Nets are an enigma wrapped in a riddle. I've watched them as Team B in the NY Metro area all of my life, and have been mystified by their decisions the entire time. I mean to replace Lawrence Frank they hired Avery Johnson of all guys, and then wondered why they made little progress under his authority. AVERY JOHNSON SUCKS. PJ takes over, blows it, gets fired, and now they're down to one guy who probably won't take the job and another who has never done it.

Don't get me wrong. I love J Kidd. He was a great player and the few times I've met him seemed to be a great guy too. He may end up being the next Phil Jackson, but he could also end up being the next Flip Sauders. Whe you're trying to compete for fan dollars in NYC and establish yourself on a stage that has been dominated by the Knicks for decades, do you really want to roll the dice like that?

The Nets are insane.

June 13, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jason Kidd got the job and I don't know that I find this odd at all. First and most obvious is that he has no coaching experience. To that, I mention one name... Larry Bird. I don't think there's any need to elaborate, but suffice it to say that he did a pretty good job during his time on the bench. Dare anyone say that Jason Kidd isn't as knowledgeable about the pro game and the athletes who play it? Dare anyone say that he isn't one of the smartest players who's ever played the game... Having played (arguably) the most important position in the game?Secondly, Brian Shaw [at this point] is all hype. There's no guarantee that he'd fare any better than anyone else in his first attempt at the big chair. Being a disciple of the great enabler, I'm not so sure he'd do any better than Kurt Rambis did. This is conjecture of course, but still... Is there any doubt that he'd try to employ the Triangle offense? While I think the Nets have the personnel to pull it off, there's still no guarantee that it would work. What's more, and as the saying goes in regards to assistant turned head coach, "Things look a lot different when you move one chair over."I think hiring Jason Kidd is a bold move with a chance to become a disaster, but if the impression of Jason Kidd the basketball player is any indication, I wouldn't be so quick to foretell doom. Especially considering how quickly this process went and with the ambition of the owner. Kidd must have put together one hell of a presentation to turn this search in his direction. I think that counts as a clear indication of how much time, forethought and energy he puts into preparation. Plus, he understands (and knows first hand) the grind of a professional season and the minds of players going through it. Plus, being a point guard of his caliber, he knows how and more importantly "when" to push the right buttons. All of this counts.

If Jason gets the job, I wish him the best. I really want to see him do well. I'm pulling for the guy and don't believe that he will necessarily be the disaster that some are expecting. Its just that if I owned the team, I don't think I would take the risk.

June 13, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jason Kidd got the job and I don't know that I find this odd at all. First and most obvious is that he has no coaching experience. To that, I mention one name... Larry Bird. I don't think there's any need to elaborate, but suffice it to say that he did a pretty good job during his time on the bench. Dare anyone say that Jason Kidd isn't as knowledgeable about the pro game and the athletes who play it? Dare anyone say that he isn't one of the smartest players who's ever played the game... Having played (arguably) the most important position in the game?Secondly, Brian Shaw [at this point] is all hype. There's no guarantee that he'd fare any better than anyone else in his first attempt at the big chair. Being a disciple of the great enabler, I'm not so sure he'd do any better than Kurt Rambis did. This is conjecture of course, but still... Is there any doubt that he'd try to employ the Triangle offense? While I think the Nets have the personnel to pull it off, there's still no guarantee that it would work. What's more, and as the saying goes in regards to assistant turned head coach, "Things look a lot different when you move one chair over."I think hiring Jason Kidd is a bold move with a chance to become a disaster, but if the impression of Jason Kidd the basketball player is any indication, I wouldn't be so quick to foretell doom. Especially considering how quickly this process went and with the ambition of the owner. Kidd must have put together one hell of a presentation to turn this search in his direction. I think that counts as a clear indication of how much time, forethought and energy he puts into preparation. Plus, he understands (and knows first hand) the grind of a professional season and the minds of players going through it. Plus, being a point guard of his caliber, he knows how and more importantly "when" to push the right buttons. All of this counts.

I didn't read it all but I get the point. He's coaching on the court may translate to his first head coaching gig. He'll probably prove all of the doubters wrong. He is in a good situation w/ a very good team. His best friend is the PG who can translate his coaching ideas on the floor.

June 13, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If Jason gets the job, I wish him the best. I really want to see him do well. I'm pulling for the guy and don't believe that he will necessarily be the disaster that some are expecting. Its just that if I owned the team, I don't think I would take the risk.

I hear you Doc and make no mistake, I'm on pins and needles about this as well, but for all the reasons I stated above, I don't think the decision is as bad as "we" on the outside looking in might imagine. For certain, time will tell, but I'm looking forward with more of a sense of anticipation than anything. Like you, I'd really like to see Jason Kidd do well. A move like this is certainly unprecedented, but I see it as less of a gamble than hiring say, Maurice Cheeks, who has nothing but a record of failure as a head coach. Pick your poison? If I must, I'll try the one I've never heard of before.

X^D *Hahaha!*

June 13, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

"He is in a good situation w/ a very good team. His best friend is the PG who can translate his coaching ideas on the floor."

This is something that I think some people are viewing through the wrong prism. Having a good team and a translator could very well make things easier for him. In this case, Kidd won't have to spend time explaining concepts that a developing or emerging team might not get. With Kidd's championship pedigree, his thoughts, schemes and ideas in that regard will likely (as you suggested) be assimilated a lot quicker by veterans with something to prove. I don't think the players want this to fail either. Having a rookie coach won't change that.

June 13, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Well said.

*nods graciously)* Thanks! :^)

June 13, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I hear you Doc and make no mistake, I'm on pins and needles about this as well, but for all the reasons I stated above, I don't think the decision is as bad as "we" on the outside looking in might imagine. For certain, time will tell, but I'm looking forward with more of a sense of anticipation than anything. Like you, I'd really like to see Jason Kidd do well. A move like this is certainly unprecedented, but I see it as less of a gamble than hiring say, Maurice Cheeks, who has nothing but a record of failure as a head coach. Pick your poison? If I must, I'll try the one I've never heard of before.X^D *Hahaha!*

I agree. As I've said on other threads. Flip Sauders got multiple chances. Why no J Kidd?

June 13, 2013  10:57 AM ET

*not

June 13, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I agree. As I've said on other threads. Flip Sauders got multiple chances. Why no J Kidd?

{ shrugs with hands up } There you go. Why not?

 
June 13, 2013  12:36 PM ET

No experience as a coach in dealing with management of coaches and players.. should have been an asst. a few years. This will get ugly and he will be the escape goat all season. It is called saving money and micromanaging a coach

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