Jason Kidd Worked. So Who's The Next Player To Start Coaching?

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Jason Kidd worked. Who's Next? Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kidd worked. Who’s Next?
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kidd has now finished up his first season in the coaching ranks and may have just become a trendsetter in doing so. He had no prior coaching experience before taking over the Brooklyn Nets head coaching position last summer, but was able to exceed the expectations placed upon him. During his playing days, it was apparent that coaching would be in the future of the former Nets point guard. But he was able to bypass all of the usual steps in the process and jump right to the head of the coaching world. Kidd’s Brooklyn squad was eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last week by the Miami Heat in a hard fought effort.  Coming into the season, some analysts were saying that the Nets should be a title contender and that Kidd was being thrown to the wolves too early to handle such a situation. But Kidd was more than up for the challenge and guided his team through some big ups and downs throughout the entire year.

The real question now has to be: How many more franchises will experiment with newly retired players as head coaches?

The success of Kidd in his first year is a great sign for players that are winding down their careers, who would like to move over to the coaching side of the game. If Kidd had failed miserably this past season, then we aren’t even having this conversation. But there is something to the fact that freshly retired players are able to understand exactly how the game is evolving on a year to year basis. So who are the next players to jump onto the head coaching saddle? Let’s take a quick look at a few likely candidates to follow in Jason Kidd’s footsteps…

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