Jason Kidd Brooklyn Nets Coach

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd. (AP)

With dozens of cameras snapping and a basketball in Jason Kidd's hand, one photographer yelled "Coach! Over here!" towards the recently retired point guard.

Kidd, after a split second, looked in his direction, grinning. "Coach," he said. "It's coach from now on."... MORE →

 

The comeback Kidd.

Just around 8:00pm on Wednesday evening, reports started flying that the Brooklyn Nets have hired Jason Kidd to be their next head coach. Peter Vecsey was the first:

This morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Nets -- though still meeting with Brian Shaw -- would hire Kidd and were currently working on the parameters of a three-year contract. Shaw reportedly met with the Nets for over four hours starting at 11:00am.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports adds this:

A formal announcement is expected soon and a news conference to introduce Kidd in Brooklyn will likely happen before the end of the week. Kidd's contract is expected to be guaranteed for three seasons with a possible fourth-year team option, league sources said.

It has also been reported that Kidd will attempt to assemble an all-star cast of assistant coaches. Of the names that have been mentioned have been former New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank and top notch assistant Tim Grgurich. Many pundits have also speculated that Kidd may try to bring his former shooting coach, Bob Thate, east from LA (he is currently a coach with the Clippers) to Brooklyn.

As Marc Stein of ESPN notes, one of the main reasons for the hire, is to elevate the play of point guard Deron Williams:

One of the main draws to Kidd is the impact he has on Deron Williams. Kidd and Williams are close friends, with Kidd somewhat in the big brother role. The Nets believe that if Williams is engaged and playing his best, many of their problems are solved and the Nets are a far better team. With Kidd at the helm, they believe Williams would play at his optimum level.

Chris Broussard, also of ESPN, noted earlier today on Sportscenter that Kidd is the type of hire that Nets Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov was seeking. As transcribed by Netsdaily:

They're going to give Shaw a fair showing, but clearly, the front-runner is Jason Kidd for many reasons. We know the Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, wants to make a splash, wants to make a sexy hire. That's why he looked at Phil Jackson. Jason Kidd, obviously not with the credentials of Phil Jackson but he's a sexy hire ... and he impressed the Nets thoroughly with his interview. 1. He was extremely well-prepared and 2. he exuded confidence and a demeanor that they thought would resonate with these players.

 

 

 

 

Joseph A. Gambardello of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Jason Kidd will be the next Brooklyn Nets head coach, and that Kidd is in the process of signing a three-year deal with the team.... MORE →

 

Jason Kidd has emerged as a "strong frontrunner" for the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job and could be hired by the end of the week, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

There was no indication that Kidd had been officially offered the job as of this morning, a team source told The Brooklyn Game. Of course, that could change at any moment. The Nets are working on potential contract scenarios for Kidd, Wojnarowski added.

Brian Shaw is reportedly set to interview tomorrow, but Wojnarowski says that interview is now uncertain, with Shaw leaning towards the Los Angeles Clippers.

Wojnarowski writes:

Nets ownership has told league associates that it wants a "fresh face," as coach, and the hiring of Kidd would give them a star quality that comes with significant risk for a franchise with a mandate to complete for championships in the short term.

Kidd is working to construct a coaching staff, and possibilities include former Detroit Pistons and Nets head coach Lawrence Frank and Pistons assistant Roy Rogers. There's no one locked into place, sources said.

Yahoo! Sports -- Jason Kidd leading candidate to become Brooklyn Nets coach

 

Here is the official statement about PJ Carlesimo:

"The Brooklyn Nets organization would like to thank P.J. for his efforts with the team in his roles as both head coach and assistant, and for his contributions to the team's success both on and off the court. We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come."

 

UPDATE:

Earlier today, he retweeted this:

A few hours later, he offered this:

Plus other tweets and retweets from Junior defending pa: