Jason Kidd’s first moves as head coach will be about hiring assistant coaches. Kidd knows that he needs experienced coaches to help him as he learns to coach for the first time. Here is what he had to say:
- There’s a lot of people who have come out publicly and said I need to get a seasoned staff, and that’s what I’m looking at, people who have been head coaches in this league and who have been assistants and understand what it takes to have some success so I can learn on the job.
- Hopefully one of my candidates is Lawrence Frank … because I think we would get along well, I trust him and he understands what it takes to have some success in this league.
- He’s in a special situation. He’s at home, but his wife is sick, so I understand coming off of coaching and wanting a year to spend with his family, I respect that.
- The big thing is he knows how much I love him and how much I really need him, but family comes first, and I respect that.
Kidd is particularly eager to recruit his former coach while with the NJ Nets, Lawrence Frank.
Frank’s wife underwent emergency surgery in March for an undisclosed illness and is going through a long recovery process. Frank, coaching for the Detroit Pistons at the time, left the team for 13 days (6 games) in the middle of the season to care for his wife. Kidd acknowledged that Frank may not want to leave his family to coach this season.
Clearly, Kidd would feel most comfortable with Lawrence Frank being a key assistant coach. Frank has extensive head coaching experience and could help Kidd transition from being a player to a head coach. It will be interesting to see who the Nets hire to support Kidd on the bench this offseason.