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"

 

Mikhail Prokhorov

What's next for Mikhail Prokhorov's Brooklyn Nets? (AP)

After a first-round exit to a decimated Chicago Bulls team, the Brooklyn Nets have an eventful offseason ahead of them. Even though they don't have the cap room to sign any major free agents or add any salary in trades, they've got a lot of decisions to make that will significantly alter the future of the franchise.

It's a misconception that Nets general manager Billy King, freshly re-upped with a contract extension, has done his work and just needs to sit on his hands through 45-50 win seasons with the team's core. There's work to do, and I've taken a look at what I feel are the five biggest offseason questions -- and decisions -- the Nets need to make.

(Warning: tangential rant forthcoming)
One you won't see here: whether or not the Brooklyn Nets have some chance at acquiring Dwight Howard, who can be a free agent this season. The Nets would have to cut about $30 million* in salary without taking any salary back to even consider acquiring Howard. No team is taking on Joe Johnson's salary for draft picks. Stop it.

*-It's not entirely clear exactly how much they'd have to cut, since it all depends on what the "tax apron" is set at in July. It's expected to be around $75 million, which is where I've based my estimate.
(End tangential rant)

Anyway, the five biggest questions of the Brooklyn Nets offseason. Start below.
Start Here: 1 of 5

 

Doc Rivers, once considered a long-shot candidate to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, will return to the Boston Celtics to coach next season, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Rivers, who has two years left on his contract with Boston, said after the season that he would take some personal time to figure out whether or not he wanted to return to coach again. Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge downplayed Rivers's decision to mull over his future, saying that he's "always unsure" and only needs a few rounds of golf to recharge and get ready for the next season.

Rivers, who has six consecutive winning seasons with Boston including a championship in 2008-09, was reportedly someone the Nets would have been interested in had the Celtics granted him permission to seek other employment.

 

By Will Rausch

P.J. Carlesimo

P.J. Carlesimo is no stranger to coaching changes. (AP)

P.J. Carlesimo is no stranger to mid-season firings. The Thunder axed him in 2008 after a 1-12 start and replaced him with current coach Scott Brooks, who rallied the young troops for a 22-47 record the rest of the way. Seven games is a small sample size, but if Carlesimo really is the Nets interim coach for the immediate future (as management has repeated ad nauseam), he may well be on his way to the so-called “bump” a new coach gets when taking over the reins of a team in disarray.

But is this coaching bump real?... MORE →

 

Brooklyn Nets owner, Russian billionaire, political player, and fake journalist Mikhail Prokhorov refused to fuel rumors and speculation regarding a coaching search directly, repeating the mantra that interim coach P.J. Carlesimo currently held the team's coaching reigns.

Prokhorov said some iteration of "P.J. is our coach" five times in the span of two minutes, throwing his full support behind Carlesimo. "We need to give support to our head coach. It's very important. I don't want to stoke any kind of rumors and speculation," Prokhorov said. "P.J. is the head coach, and I think we have a lot of trust in him. Really I want him to lead the team."

Of course, when the inevitable "guy that's won 11 championship" came up -- former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson -- Prokhorov was coy. "P.J. is the head coach," he said. "If it becomes necessary, you know who the usual suspects are."

In a follow-up, when Prokhorov was asked if he'd meet with that specific "usual suspect," Prokhorov only said: "I will meet tomorrow with P.J."

It was not clear which P.J. Prokhorov was referring to. In the post-game press conference, Carlesimo confirmed that he was meeting Prokhorov tomorrow for lunch.

 

via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:

While Jeff Van Gundy does have interest in the Brooklyn Nets' opening, he'll be likely unwilling to meet with team officials while an interim coach is in place during the season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Brooklyn hasn't contacted Van Gundy, but sources said he's one of several candidates, including assistant Kelvin Sampson, that are on the organization's short list.

The Nets haven't reached out to Van Gundy, but he's well regarded on every level of the organization's ownership and management charts.

Read more: Jeff Van Gundy interested in Nets' coaching opening, under one condition