Jason Kidd moves to front of line for Nets coaching vacancy
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SAN ANTONIO - A reunion between Jason Kidd and the Nets appears to be gaining steam.
Kidd's interview with Nets general manager Billy King reportedly went well Monday and Brian Shaw might have to really impress King during his interview Wednesday if he's going to get the Nets' coaching job over Kidd. Shaw, who's also high on the Clippers' list and interviewed with them Monday, was once thought to be a front-runner for the Nets' vacant post. The Pacers' associate head coach is one of the league's hottest candidates.
But Kidd, who retired last week after 19 seasons, has given the Nets something to seriously consider. His lack of coaching experience is the obvious concern, though he'd be sure to surround himself with veteran assistants.
Lawrence Frank's name has been mentioned, but if the former Nets coach isn't totally committed, another possibility could be Alvin Gentry, a former Suns coach. Yahoo! Sports reported Kidd is targeting Tim Grgurich to be a part of his potential staff.
Shane Battier, speaking before the Heat met the Spurs in Game 3 of the Finals Tuesday night, thinks it's a bit of a slippery slope for someone like Kidd to be thrust into a head-coaching gig without any seasoning. Even if Kidd were to have a wealth of experience on his staff, Battier isn't sure that will be enough. "That will help him initially," Battier said. "But again, you've got to have a coaching game, you've got to have a philosophy. That'll get you in the door, but it's what you do when you are coach of the Nets."