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Jason Kidd approached Nets about coaching job


09:56 AM ET 10.20 | The Nets hired Jason Kidd as a rookie head coach this summer, less than 10 days after his retirement from a Hall of Fame career that lasted 19 seasons. Brooklyn's front office wasn't exactly camped out on Kidd's doorstep, however, waiting to pounce once he technically became available. No, it was Kidd who reached out through his agent to Nets' brass to see if there might be an opportunity, and initially, there wasn't. Nets GM Billy King, speaking during the TNT telecast to David Aldridge during Brooklyn's preseason win over the Heat on Thursday, explained the details of how it all went down, and revealed some of the qualities in Kidd that impressed him enough to give the first-time head coach a shot. David Aldridge: He really kind of recruited you as opposed to the other way around right? Billy King: [nods head in agreement] He did, he did, and you know his agent Jeff Schwartz reached out, and originally I said "No." I said "No, there's no way." Ownership said it, I said "No way." And then they said "Just meet with him," and I did, and I'm glad I did.

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October 20, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Do You Have What It Takes, Bro?

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October 20, 2013  11:02 AM ET

Time will tell if it was a brilliant move or just a con job by Kidd. Most NBA superstars can't coach.

October 20, 2013  11:43 AM ET

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October 20, 2013  12:23 PM ET

We'll see if the Nets made the right choice. I'd say Kidd will do fine. We said the same thing about Mark Jackson but he did pretty good for a very first time coach. Kidd has that calm demeanor and he sees things ahead before plays happens.

October 20, 2013  02:23 PM ET

Everyone move along. There is nothing to see here. The Nets aren't going to do anything of note.

October 20, 2013  04:11 PM ET

I wish him luck....but usually teams dont win in their first year thrown together...actually almost never

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October 20, 2013  10:25 PM ET

Everyone move along. There is nothing to see here. The Nets aren't going to do anything of note.

they are a lot better than the Knicks are that is for sure

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October 21, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Seems like the league's coaching positions are getting filled by young, former point guards - or at least guards in general.Doc Rivers. Mark Jackson. Vinny Del Negro. And now Jason Kidd.

You forgot Scott Brooks in OKC...he too is a former point guard...point taken though. Good morning all.

October 21, 2013  10:57 AM ET

I saw a few minutes of the game the other night-what I didn't like is at the time was Lfrank drawing up a playwtf?not sure if that is a regular thing- but come the f on

I wouldn't put too much into it, because on every other team, it's the same during pre-season. Assistant coaches run the plays. Although i would have liked Kidd to get some experience. The first 25 games we'll know if he's able to set a tone for the Nets, or he'll just let KG/PP walk all over him.

His headache will be Blatche, KG and to a certain extent Deron. He's some what of a coach-killer.

October 21, 2013  11:10 AM ET

THat is no worse then what the Suns did last year. I will say that most PG's do make better coaches in the league then any other players. Personally Frank sucks as a head coach. Maybe Kidd can do a better job getting his players to buy into Frank system.


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