After meeting with Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King today, former Nets point guard and recent retiree Jason Kidd convinced Nets management that he’s a serious, committed candidate for the head coaching job, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The report adds that Kidd has been on Brooklyn’s radar for two to three weeks, which would indicate he was a potential candidate even before officially announcing his retirement.
Wojnarowski adds that Lawrence Frank was part of Kidd’s pitch, but Frank isn’t ready to commit to being Kidd’s assistant coach:
Kidd, one of the best point guards in NBA history, is trying to make the rare leap from the playing floor to the sideline. Kidd has been leaning on his former Nets coach, Lawrence Frank, for insight into the total responsibilities of the head coach, but Frank is nowhere near committing to the possibility of joining Kidd as his top assistant coach, league sources said.
Frank is owed more than $4 million over the next two years as part of his Detroit Pistons buyout, and has started down the path of working as a basketball analyst on television next season. Frank still lives with his family in Northern New Jersey, and had to return home several times during the past season with Detroit to provide support for health issues within his household.
The Nets will interview Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw on Wednesday, who is considered the other top option for Brooklyn Nets head coach.