If anyone knows what Jason Kidd is about to go through, it's Mark Jackson.
Sure, Jackson didn't immediately make the leap to head coach after hanging up his sneakers, spending the better part of six years in the broadcast booth upon retiring in 2004.
But in similar fashion to Kidd, Jackson didn't get seasoning as an assistant coach before landing the Warriors' gig in 2011. Kidd publicly thanked the New York native and former Knick for helping lead the way, but Jackson deflected the credit, saying he doesn't deserve it.
"No," Jackson told the San Jose Mercury News Tuesday. "I think at the end of the day, Jason Kidd is an all-time great player who I’ve got a lot of respect for. I’ve talked to him often. He reached out and thanked me and we’ve had great dialogue. I just think he’s going to do very well. I’m happy for him. I think it was a great hire for the Nets.
"That being said, I think it’s now up to Jason to open the door for the next guy to prove that the naysayers are wrong."
Jackson suggested that if Kidd doesn't get it done, the detractors will be out in full force, critizing the move because Kidd didn't start out as an assistant.
"What I don’t want is for people to say this doesn’t work or that does work," Jackson said. "… There’s been success stories with former players, straight out of the booth or straight from playing, success stories with people out of college or retread coaches.
"And there’s been failures across the board.
"We’ve got to look at each situation and judge it from that. I have a lot of respect for Jason Kidd, think he’s going to do great. To me, it meant a lot he reached out and I think it’s great for Brooklyn."