The Brooklyn Nets seem to have narrowed their coaching search down to two candidates, Jason Kidd and Brian Shaw. Reports came out earlier today saying that Kidd interviewed with Nets GM Billy King this afternoon and the interview went well. King considers Kidd to be a real candidate for head coach even though he was playing in the league less than a month ago.
According to reports, the Nets have wanted to make a big splash in their coaching search by hiring a big name, and hiring Kidd would be able to do that. The fact that Kidd is a future hall-of-famer and is the best player in the franchise’s NBA history makes the hire even more attractive to Brooklyn.
In addition to hiring Kidd, the Nets could be bringing back some other familiar faces if they decide to go with Kidd. Because Kidd is obviously inexperienced as a coach, the Nets want him to hire some very experienced assistants. One of those assistants could be former Nets coach Lawrence Frank, who coached Kidd and had a good relationship with him in New Jersey. Frank coached the Detroit Pistons last year, but was fired.
Of course, Kidd hasn’t been handed the job yet. Brian Shaw is also still very much alive to become coach. Shaw interviewed with the L.A. Clippers today and has an interview planned with the Nets on Wednesday. Unlike Kidd, he has been an assistant in the NBA for 10 years and is more experienced. However, he is not as big of a name and is less connected to the Nets fanbase.
After interviewing Shaw, expect the Nets to make a decision on their coach within a week or so. Even though it will probably be either Kidd or Shaw, a surprise candidate could still be out there.