Jason Kidd, Brooklyn Nets close to deal, report says

June 12, 2013

Jason Kidd made his last appearance in the NBA in the Knicks’ playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. (Darron Cummings / AP)

Jason Kidd, who only recently retired as an NBA player, and the Brooklyn Nets reportedly are working on the terms of a deal that would make him the team’s next head coach.

The two sides, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, are working on a three-year deal. Kidd, a 10-time All-Star, met with Nets General Manager Billy King Monday and became the frontrunner after what Yahoo reported was an impressive interview. King is scheduled to meet with the other top candidate for the job, Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, today.

Hiring Kidd, who played seven of his 19 NBA seasons with the Nets, is revealing and it may be short-sighted, as well, the Star-Ledger’s Dave D’Alessandro writes:

If Kidd is the choice, it will keep everyone’s attention for a while. We’ll all watch to see whether he is able to teach what he knows, which is debatable: “It could be just like Magic [Johnson], where it frustrates the hell out of you that guys can’t see what you see,” Rod Thorn conceded last week, when we discussed potential coaching pitfalls.

Or, Kidd could find the process exhilarating, something that satisfies the beating pulse of a guy who is clearly a competition junkie.

But it’s still about taking charge of some very complicated human machinery, and in this particular case, learning how to do it on the fly.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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