Jason Kidd has been announced as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets just weeks after his retirement from professional basketball. Kidd, who played for the Nets from 2001-2008, expressed his interest in coaching after his playing career many times and was considered the front runner to land the job for the past few days as the Nets deliberated over who the best fit for the team would be. Brian Shaw, who has filled assistant coaching roles for the Lakers and Pacers, was interviewed for five hours by Brooklyn this morning, only to be told his services were not required, and Kidd would be filling the position. The Nets fired interim coach P.J Carlisimo immediately following their exit from the playoffs, and have been searching for a replacement ever since. The pickings haven’t been slim, either, with many coaches becoming available throughout the past few months including George Karl, Vinny Del Negro and Brian Shaw amongst others. The thought is that the Nets and Kidd, however, have agreed to a 3-year contract which will see him in charge until the summer of 2016.
Having only retired a week ago, Kidd is now the only player since Mike Dunleavy in 1990-91 to go immediately from playing to coaching from one season to the next.
The introductory press conference will be held tomorrow.