Mike Lupica took to his New York Daily News soapbox Friday night, imploring the Brooklyn Nets to consider their former point guard and team legend Jason Kidd for the head coaching position. Despite Kidd not being a candidate of interest for Brooklyn at this time, Lupica showers praise on Kidd’s motivational ability, his pure basketball IQ and unmatched creativity, and the success of other point guards-turned-coaches. (For the record, Lupica sidesteps Avery Johnson in that section.)
But at the bottom of the article, Lupica buries an interesting nugget:
Kidd might not be ready to go from the grind of playing to the grind of coaching. Or could be looking for a soft place to land in broadcasting. He is retired for only a few days, but must at least be looking for ideas about what he should do next. It is probably why he is meeting with his old friend Billy King, the Nets general manager, next week to talk about all that.
Billy King isn’t interviewing Jason Kidd about his coaching vacancy. But while he’s got him in the room, why not?
I doubt the Nets would hire Kidd as a head coach immediately out of retirement. Even if Kidd wants to stay involved in the NBA, doing so as a head coach comes with enormous risk that quickly. But if King and Kidd are indeed meeting, it wouldn’t come as a shock if Kidd found an opening in the Nets organization somewhere.
New York Daily News — Brooklyn Nets should turn to old buddy Jason Kidd to be their head coach