Apr 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Jerry Stackhouse (42) catches a pass in front of Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli (8) during the second quarter of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Former player Jerry Stackhouse says he wants to be an NBA coach

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Former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse is hoping to follow in the footsteps of guys like Jason Kidd as the two-time All-Star says he wants to become an NBA head coach.

Stackhouse, who was rumored to be a potential candidate for the New York Knicks head coach vacancy was thought to be of interest in the early proceedings, however a lack of experience likely doomed any such possibility.

Regardless, Stackhouse wants to find a role on the sidelines and appears more than willing to work his way to the top as he told Pro Basketball Talk.

“I’d like to coach at the pro level,” Stackhouse said. “I had some dialogue with Atlanta last summer. I think I could have been on their staff behind the bench last year, but right out of playing, I just wanted to kind of take some time off. I met with Phil a couple weeks ago about possibly about doing something with their staff.”

While Stackhouse only made two All-Star games and wasn’t exactly a household name, there were a few seasons during his prime where he looked to be one of the premier players in basketball, once averaging nearly 30 points per game during the 2000-2001 season.

Currently working at the adidas Eurocamp, Stackhouse is hopeful that he’ll catch the eye of an NBA team willing to give him the opportunity he so desires.

And given the amount of former NBA talents who’ve found their way to the sidelines, both in a head coaching and assistant coaching capacity, it’s hard to believe he won’t eventually be there.

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