Jason Kidd will meet with the Brooklyn Nets to pitch himself for the Nets head coaching vacancy early this week, league sources told Marc Stein of ESPN.com. While the meeting was originally intended for Kidd to discuss his post-playing career options with Nets general manager Billy King, an associate of Kidd tells Stein that Kidd will try to convince King that he's the right man to be the team's next head coach.

King is scheduled to meet with Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw Wednesday about the head coaching vacancy. "Early this week" would indicate that Kidd's meeting with King is before Wednesday, but that's not confirmed.

The report adds that Kidd would have to assemble an "All-Star" cast of assistants to help him with the learning curve of being a head coach. Yesterday we reported that a scenario with Kidd as head coach and former Nets head coach Larry Brown as Kidd's top assistant is a real possibility.

Kidd retired from the NBA last week after 19 seasons, 6 1/2 with the New Jersey Nets. He ranks second on the all-time NBA leaderboard in assists and steals.

ESPN.com -- Jason Kidd eyes Nets' vacancy

 

The Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers have contacted Larry Brown about their current head coaching vacancies, according to a source speaking with SNY's Adam Zagoria. A third team has also contacted Brown, but it is uncertain who that third team is. From Zagoria:

“If one of those teams offered him I think he would [take it] but I don’t think they’re going to offer him,” the source said.

Is the 72-year old Brown ready to commit himself to a NBA organization at his advanced age (he would become the oldest head coach in NBA history if hired)?

“He loves to teach and coach basketball,” the source said. “He walks six or seven miles a day. I think he’ll coach till he’s 80. He has more juice than a guy 20 years younger than him.”

The report notes that the contact was preliminary and no offer was made, and that the Nets are not expected to offer Brown a contract.

Brown -- whose SMU Mustangs are set to have the 14th best recruiting class in college basketball next season -- is the only head coach to ever win an NBA title as well as an NCAA title. Brown last coached in the NBA back in 2010 with the Charlotte Bobcats. He has coached 2,338 games in his NBA career and has compiled a record of 1327-1011 (.568).

Nets General Manager Billy King has connections to Brown. The two worked together in Indiana for four years where Brown hired King as an assistant coach, and the two later paired up in Philadelphia when King was the General Manager and Brown the head coach.

Here is what Larry Brown looked like the last time he coached the Nets.

After moving on from the Sixers, Brown went on to win the NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. After a two-year stint in Detroit, Brown struggled to put together much success. Since the 04'-05' season (Brown's last in Detroit), he has a record of 111-163.

The Nets are reportedly interested in Brian Shaw & Lionel Hollins for their open coaching position. Should we add Brown to the list? It's not clear. But with the NBA draft approaching on June 27th, it's likely the new head coach will be hired within the next few weeks.

Zags Blog -- Source: Nets, Sixers Have Contacted Larry Brown

 

Mikhail Prokhorov

Who will be Mikhail Prokhorov's first Brooklyn coaching hire? (AP)

LATEST UPDATE: Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has met with the Milwaukee Bucks about their open coaching position, and a reunion with Deron Williams in Brooklyn looks unlikely. More

Update: An insider tells NetsDaily that Phil Jackson is the only candidate the Nets have contacted so far. More

Update: Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge tells WEEI radio that he expects Doc Rivers back on the sidelines for Boston next year. More

Update: Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is a team on Brooklyn's radar, should the Grizzlies decide not to re-sign Hollins after this season. More

Update: Despite earlier reports that both sides aren't interested, Jeff Van Gundy could still get a call from Brooklyn. More

Update: Brooklyn isn't the only team looking at Brian Shaw. More

Update: Jerry Sloan says he's spoken with a couple of teams. More

The Brooklyn Nets have opened up perhaps the most important coaching search in franchise history -- with the team finally in Brooklyn, with a talent-laden roster that wasn't properly utilized in its first year, the direction the team takes with its next coach could set up the next decade of relevance. Here's a command central of every coach connected to the search -- even if, at this time, they're not being considered for the position. Things change in an instant, after all.

Start with: Larry Brown

Larry Brown | Mike Dunleavy | Lionel Hollins | Phil Jackson | Nate McMillan | Doc Rivers | Brian Shaw | Scott Skiles | Jerry Sloan | Jeff Van Gundy | Stan Van Gundy

 

Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks, Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets

Stephon Marbury & Jason Kidd... Two players who have seen both sides. (AP/Bill Kostroun)

In whatever superlative you'd like to assign it -- the Battle for New York, Battle of the Boroughs, the Nets' arrival on the New York stage, or just another game -- the ex-New Jersey/now Brooklyn Nets take on the New York Knicks tonight, in Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This game has added meaning like few Nets-Knicks games have had before, but these two have had an up-and-down rivalry since the Nets joined the NBA in 1976.

Let's take a look through the history of the Nets-Knicks rivalry: from its origin, through the decades and playoff matchups, through the players that have seen both sides, and finally to today: the "Blueprint for Greatness" era.

The origin story
The 1980s: Waves of excellence in a sea of obscurity
1983: The first playoff battle ends in defeat
The 90s: what could have been
Playoffs: '94's and Heartbreak

The Nets take center stage
Nets sweep at last

The Blueprint for Greatness

The origin story

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