Reports the NBA:
The Brooklyn Nets reached into their past to hire one of the franchise’s greatest players on Wednesday, opting to hire Jason Kidd as their new coach. Brooklyn chose Kidd over Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw, who interviewed for the position Wednesday afternoon.
Kidd, the franchise’s leader in assists and steals, wowed the Nets when he interviewed for the job last weekend, giving the team’s management a strong vision of what he wanted to accomplish if they took a chance on him, despite his never having coached in any capacity. Kidd’s playing career just ended two weeks ago, when he retired after 19 seasons, the last of which came with the Knicks. Kidd played well for New York early in the season, teaming with guard Ray Felton, but his play slipped noticeably down the stretch, and he didn’t score a point in the team’s last 10 games, going 0 of 17 from the floor.
Kidd, who will be the Nets’ third coach in less than a year, is currently second on the NBA’s all time list in assists (12,091) and steals (2,684) and won a championship in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks. As a member of Team USA’s 2008 basketball squad, he was teammates with currents Nets starting point guard Deron Williams.
Kidd will be formally introduced as the Nets’ new head coach at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this afternoon.