No butterflies for Jason Kidd in debut as Nets coach
ORLANDO, Fla. - He wasn't exactly nostalgic, recalling fond memories of what transpired in this very building four months ago.
But on the night Jason Kidd returned to the scene and technically made his true debut as Nets coach after his driving while ability impaired-related two-game suspension, Kidd found himself in the same place where he first roamed the sideline months ago as the Nets' new main man.
Kidd coached the Nets' summer league team at the Magic's Amway Center in July, trying to get comfortable in his new gig. But to him, it's as if eons have passed since then.
"Summer league seemed like a long time ago," Kidd said, "but I still have a lot to learn about coaching. So being surrounded by a great staff, the time in the summer to now, I've learned a lot but still have a long ways to go."
Kidd said he was more nervous in July than he was when things tipped off against the Magic Sunday night. Any anxiety, he insisted, was nonexistent.
"There are really no emotions," Kidd said. "This is basketball. For me and the guys, they've been doing it since we've been at Duke . So for me, it's just to give them the plan and help them while they're out there."
Jacque Vaughn played with Kidd from 2004-06 when both were with the Nets, and the Magic's second-year coach got to see how Kidd operates. He's confident that Kidd's deep understanding of the game will transfer well to the bench.
"He's a smart individual, and that extends beyond the basketball court," Vaughn said. "Just his wealth of knowledge of being in different situations throughout the course of his career, he's played for some great coaches along the way. He was a guy that was an extreme communicator, very competitive on the floor. Not always verbal in his approach, but a lot of times showed guys the right way to do things, and [he] will be able to communicate with each individual on the team."