Jason Kidd to talk to Nets about coaching job
Jason Kidd apparently isn't ready to sit back on the couch and kick his feet up on an ottoman.
Just days after ending his 19-year NBA playing career, the 40-year-old future Hall of Fame point guard is pursuing the Nets' head-coaching job -- and the possibility has been discussed among the Nets' brain trust, a source confirmed Sunday night.
Kidd reportedly will meet with general manager Billy King this week.
Widely considered the best player in the Nets' NBA history, Kidd has no previous coaching experience but reportedly has tried to identify a potential staff that could aid in that kind of quick, tough transition.
Few have made the direct leap from player to NBA head coach, so Kidd probably would have to assemble a stable of established coaches to help him, following a model similar to Mark Jackson's.
Jackson was an analyst for ESPN before the Warriors hired him as their coach in 2011 despite his lack of experience. He turned to Mike Malone, who at that time was the Hornets' lead assistant in New Orleans.
Malone spent two seasons with Jackson and recently was hired as the Kings' new coach, replacing Keith Smart.
The Nets have Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw near the top of their list of potential candidates, but according to the source, there is no true front-runner at the moment.
The Clippers reportedly could meet with Shaw as early as Monday. The Nuggets, who sent shock waves into the NBA's current coaching search when they fired George Karl on Thursday, reportedly have received permission to talk with Shaw and the Grizzlies' Lionel Hollins.
Karl does not appear to be garnering any serious consideration from the Nets, but Kidd wants to be in the conversation.
He steered the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 and was named an All-Star four times during his days playing in the New Jersey swamps, guiding them to the playoffs in each of his six full seasons.
Kidd was a strong leader for the Knicks this past season, providing a stabilizing presence. He averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his 76 games before struggling in the playoffs. He decided to retire last week with two years remaining on his three-year, $9-million deal, saying he thought it was time to call it a career.