Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank

Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank (AP)

The coaching search is officially over. The Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle to contracts with Lawrence Frank, Roy Rogers, and Eric Hughes as Jason Kidd's assistant coaches, the team announced today. Doug Overton will stay on the staff from last season, making him the only assistant that will return.

“I am very pleased to add Lawrence, Roy, Eric and Doug to my staff,” Kidd said in a statement. “They collectively bring a wealth of NBA experience to our bench, both from a coach and player perspective. This combination will not only prove beneficial to me, but will be an invaluable asset to our players as well.”

Kidd had pursued Frank, the franchise's all-time coaching victories leader, relentlessly since he signed on as the team's head coach, and will make Frank his top assistant.

Rogers has worked with Frank in three different stops -- with the Nets as an assistant under Frank, with the Celtics as an assistant with Frank under Doc Rivers, and with the Pistons as an assistant under Frank again -- and also served as a scout with the Nets.

Hughes coached Kidd at the University of California when Kidd was a freshman. He spent the past six seasons with the Toronto Raptors, workingf as the director of summer player development for Goodwin Sports Management in Seattle for five years (2002-2007) before that. With Goodwin, Hughes created workout programs for players like Jamal Crawford, Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Dwight Howard, Gary Payton, Nate Robinson and Rodney Stuckey.

 

From Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

Kidd had been unabashedly pursuing Frank publicly for the last couple of weeks. Frank, who has been at home taking care of personal matters, was weighing his options since leaving the Detroit Pistons last season.

Frank will lead Kidd's staff as his top assistant, joining former Nets assistant & scout Roy Rogers, and Eric Hughes, who coached Kidd at the University of California for one season.

 

The Brooklyn Nets are close to signing Eric Hughes as an assistant coach under Jason Kidd, according to Stefan Bondy on Twitter:

Hughes worked as an assistant coach at the University of California from 1991-93, his last year at California coinciding with Kidd's freshman year at the school, also working as an assistant in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. According to NBA.com, Hughes was the director of summer player development for Goodwin Sports Management in Seattle, creating workout programs and training NBA players Jamal Crawford, Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Dwight Howard, Gary Payton, Nate Robinson and Rodney Stuckey.

 

From Rod Boone of Newsday:

Kidd has been fervently recruiting former New Jersey Nets head coach Lawrence Frank to join him on his staff, and has said he wants to assemble a staff with significant coaching experience. Roy Rogers is also rumored to be "close" to an agreement with Brooklyn; Rogers worked under Frank in New Jersey, then with him when they were both assistants in Boston, then again as an assistant under Frank in Detroit.

As far as last year's Nets assistants (Mario Elie, Popeye Jones, Doug Overton, and Patrick Spurgin), there's still no word on if they'll be back. But don't expect Mario Elie.

 

According to Wikipedia, "Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was an American singer and cowboy actor, one of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady (who drove a Jeep called "Nellybelle"), Andy Devine, or the crotchety George "Gabby" Hayes. Rogers's nickname was "King of the Cowboys" and Evans's nickname was "Queen of the West"."

Oh, wait. Not that Roy Rogers.

This Roy Rogers played in parts of three years in the NBA before floating between the D-League and Europe, and was briefly an assistant coach and scout for the Nets. He was an assistant under Lawrence Frank from 2008-10, before serving as an assistant with -- you guessed it -- Lawrence Frank with the Boston Celtics, leaving after one season to work with the Detroit Pistons under -- hmm, I wonder -- Lawrence Frank.

 

CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Jason Kidd

Nets coach Jason Kidd (right) with Yankees pitchers C.C. Sabathia (left) and Andy Pettitte (center).

In a series of interviews today before throwing out the first pitch during the 7:05 New York Yankees-Los Angeles Dodgers game (a strike!), new Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd (used to it yet?) talked about a variety of Nets- and Kidd-related topics, including his staff, his vision, and his DUI hearing.

Kidd confirmed that he'd spoken with both former New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank and former New Jersey Nets assistant Roy Rogers about his assistant coaching staff, but no decision has been made. Kidd made another desperate plea for Frank, admitting that he'd "publicly recruited him, because I really need him and want him."

Tim Grgurich, who had been rumored to be on Kidd's list of potential assistants, was not a potential assistant, Kidd added.

In an interview with NetsDaily, Kidd spoke about a few more wide-ranging topics, including his goal of winning a championship, getting Nets forward Gerald Wallace back on track (saying that he's a "point forward" and "I think he has a lot more to give"), and some insights into the team's draft strategy.

Since the Nets are already a playoff-caliber team, Kidd wants to bring someone in that's going to help right away. "You're going to a guy who's been in college for three or four years, that knows how to play. ... You're not putting together a team that won 15 games that's going to develop, that's going to take time. You're looking at trying to win a championship."

No one has impressed Kidd at the workouts he's attended. The only potential draftee he's seen in workouts is Tony Mitchell, a 6'9" sophomore forward from North Texas.

Kidd also denied reports today that a court hearing regarding his DUI last summer hearing will occur Thursday, June 20th, saying instead that the hearing is sometime "next month" in July:

Kidd suffered minor injuries when his vehicle hit a pole and veered into the woods in Water Mill, Long Island. Many have reported that the pending charge, if convicted, could carry up to a year in prison.

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN later confirmed with Southampton police that Kidd is due to appear in court July 11th, during the NBA Summer League in Orlando, which Kidd is expected to coach at:


New York Post -- Kidd has interviewed potential Nets assistants, but no hires have been made

NetsDaily -- The NetsDaily Interview: Coach Kidd talks development, the draft, Gerald Wallace and the goal of the "gold trophy"

 

Lawrence Frank Jason Kidd

Frank, Kidd in NJ. (AP)

On an interview with Mike and Mike on ESPN this morning, new Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd confirmed that he doesn't have a staff of assistant coaches put together yet, but former New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank is welcome to be his top assistant.

"The invitation is out there," Kidd said of Frank.

Frank coached Kidd throughout Kidd's entire career as a player with the Nets, first as an assistant from 2001-03, then as a head coach from 2003-08.

The Nets have acknowledged that Kidd will have a steep learning curve as a head coach, and want to surround him with top, experienced assistants. Nets general manager Billy King joked yesterday that Rasheed Wallace and Grant Hill, both recently retired NBA players, will not be joining Kidd on the sidelines.

Frank, most recently a head coach with the Detroit Pistons, was fired by the team this past year and has spent much of his time at his home in New Jersey taking care of his wife, who is sick.

 

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd (AP)

If media reports are accurate, the Brooklyn Nets are close to bringing on Jason Kidd as their next head coach. Depending on who you listen to, this is either a smart move by a franchise in need of a young, brilliant basketball mind to help them catapult their roster to the next level, or a panic move by a nostalgic franchise desperate to steal back-page coverage away from the New York Knicks.

And yeah, it's probably a little bit of both.... MORE →

 

P.J. Carlesimo

P.J. Carlesimo (AP)

In an interview on The Tim Brando Show, current ESPN analyst and former Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo shared his thoughts on Jason Kidd's potential candidacy for the Nets' vacant head coaching position, and what advice he would give Kidd.

Carlesimo spoke in oddly finite terms, as if the deal were already done, and alleged that Kidd's experience with the game was a huge plus -- but he needs more to be a successful coach. (He also threw a little self-deprecation in there, calling himself one of the worst coaches in the history of basketball.)

Transcript after the jump.... MORE →

 

Despite earlier reports that the Brooklyn Nets have decided on recent NBA retiree Jason Kidd as a head coach with a three-year contract, the team will proceed with interviewing Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw about their head coaching vacancy today. The Nets flew Shaw in by private jet to Brooklyn last night for today's interview.

NetsDaily reports that the interview began at 11:00 AM today:

 

Jason Kidd (AP)

A brief roundup of everything about the current Brooklyn Nets coach search, including the news that one major candidate met with the Nets -- today.... MORE →

 

via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

Earlier reports indicated that the meeting between Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets was scheduled "early this week." Appears early meant Monday.

Stay tuned.