Report: Jason Kidd, Nets meeting early this week

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 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. — Jason Kidd eyes Nets’ vacancy