He’s not even been retired for ten days, but Jason Kidd has already found himself back at work.
The former New York Knick retired his 19-year NBA career on June 3 and quickly zeroed in on the open head coach spot with the Brooklyn Nets. On Wednesday (June 12), Kidd was awarded the job.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it’s a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days,” Kidd said in a release. “Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that’s how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career.”
Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw also interviewed for the job, but general manager Billy King was ultimately won over by Kidd, who spent 6 1/2 season with the Nets in the early and mid-2000s.
“Jason is a proven winner and leader with an incredible wealth of basketball knowledge and experience,” King. “This will be a natural transition for him to move into the role of head coach, as he embodies the tough, smart and team-first mentality that we are trying to establish in Brooklyn.”