Less than two weeks after retirement, Jason Kidd has already landed his first head-coaching position. So aside from literally every assistant coach in the league hating him right now, there’s going to be loads of expectations for the Brooklyn Nets’ organization right off the bat with the likes of Lionel Hollins, George Karl and Brian Shaw still on the market. They payroll also demands a win-now mentality. Which Brooklyn’s brass wasn’t exactly shy in enforcing last season.
That said, Kidd seems as grounded as ever and feels his time as “an extension of the coach” on the floor will pay dividends as he makes his way to the sidelines.
“I have a lot to learn about coaching,” Kidd said. “But when I played the game, I looked at myself as an extension of the coach. And now I look at Deron to be that guy.”
Deron Williams will undoubtedly be one of the biggest players to benefit from having Kidd at the helm, as Williams often struggled to live up to his contract last season. But with the opportunity to learn under one of the sharpest offensive minds the league has ever known, it’s safe to say he should be able to turn over a new leaf rather quickly. Or at least let’s hope so. The Nets won’t except much less.