Jason Kidd is coming home to the Brooklyn Nets, the organization that transformed him from a good player into a superstar.
The Nets made the decision official Wednesday night following Billy King’s long interview with Brian Shaw, who finished behind Kidd in Brooklyn’s coaching search. According to sources, Kidd’s contract will be guaranteed for 3 seasons with a possible team option for a fourth year.
Even though Kidd has never been a coach at any level before, he has been in the NBA for nearly 20 seasons and has been known as a coach on the floor, always making the right decisions and leading many, many good teams, including taking the New Jersey Nets to the finals twice.
More recently, Kidd won a championship with Dallas in 2011 and led the Manhattan Knicks to a better season than they would have had without him this year.
The Nets have yet to hire any assistants to join Kidd’s coaching staff, but those names will be announced in the coming weeks and months. Jason’s former coach with New Jersey, Lawrence Frank, is expected to be Kidd’s lead assistant.
Whether or not Nets fans wanted Brian Shaw or Kidd to become the Nets coach, long time fans understand that Kidd was the most important player in franchise history and he will always be loved by the organization, whether or not he succeeds as a head coach.