The Brooklyn Nets appear to be nearing the end of their head coaching search and have reportedly narrowed the list of finalists to just two names. According to FoxSports.com, the Nets are down to Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and former Nets guard Jason Kidd as the two guys they want for the job of leading the team into the future.
One name makes great sense and the other still feels like a gimmick. Either the Nets are really that desperate for a backup plan or Jason Kidd is honestly that well suited for the job, but Brooklyn believes he’s an equal option with Shaw as he’s on the shortlist of guys they’ll hire.
A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets’ coaching decision is down to Jason Kidd and Brian Shaw.
The report doesn’t specify who is ahead of who on the list but common sense and logic suggest that Shaw is the guy they’ll ask first and Kidd will clean up whatever mess is left. There have been reports though that indicate it’s the other way around and Kidd has come out of nowhere to become the favorite for the job, but we won’t truly know until one is offered the job before the other.
Kidd’s desire to coach and the Nets interest in seeing that dream realized still seems like a strange fantasy. Kidd isn’t even settled into his retirement as a player and he’s already trying to do something not even a legend like Patrick Ewing has done and become a head coach. Ewing has been working his way up the coaching ladder since 2003 while Kidd is going for the Big Show less than a week after hanging it up.
He apparently has been convincing and the Nets will likely be naming either Kidd or Shaw their next head coach at some point over the next week.