Jason Kidd's Lack of Coaching Experience Should Scare Away Brooklyn Nets
The recently-retired future Hall of Fame floor general wants to be P.J. Carlesimo’s successor, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported:
Y! Sources: Jason Kidd is pursuing the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job. http://t.co/VpPD8jL9Bz— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 9, 2013
According to Wojnarowski's sources, Brooklyn isn’t laughing at his interest. Rather, it’s “been discussed within the highest levels of the organization.”
Those discussions shouldn’t turn into a contract offer.
Will Brooklyn hire Kidd?
The Nets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs this season. If they acquire a respectable role player with their 22nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, play their cards right in free agency and MarShon Brooks becomes half the player he looked like he’d develop into as a rookie, they’ll contend for an Eastern Conference title next year.
There’s no reason to believe that Kidd would provide Brooklyn with the best odds to make all that happen.
The Nets' list of realistic coaching candidates includes Brian Shaw, Lionel Hollins and George Karl, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.
The Los Angeles Lakers hired Shaw as an assistant coach in 2004, and he assumed the role until 2011, winning two NBA championships under Phil Jackson along the way.
Shaw moved on to be the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers under Frank Vogel for the past two years. Indiana advanced past the first round in back-to-back postseasons, a feat it hadn’t accomplished since 2005, and it was a win away from the NBA Finals this season.
The Memphis Grizzlies never won a playoff game in franchise history—in Memphis or Vancouver—before Lionel Hollins became head coach in 2009. The Grizzlies won 18 postseason games the past three years. They were four wins away from the Finals this season.
The 2012-2013 campaign marked George Karl’s 25th season as a head coach in the NBA, and he capped it off by winning the Coach of the Year award. He only missed the playoffs three times in those 25 years.
Kidd could ultimately become a phenomenal head coach. Gregg Popovich (via Newsday’s Al Iannazzone), Lawrence Frank (via ESPN’s Mazzeo) and Chauncey Billups (via The New York Times’ Harvey Araton) all cosigned that fact.
After all, he had a brilliant 19-year career as an NBA point guard and clearly has a proven understanding of the game.
However, it would be flat-out foolish to pass on candidates with resumes as impressive as Shaw's, Hollins' and Karl’s for someone like Kidd who has accumulated zero seconds of head coaching experience in his 40-year lifetime.
The majority of the Nets’ core is past their prime. Deron Williams is 28 years old, Joe Johnson is 31 and Gerald Wallace is 30. Rolling the dice on Kidd risks wasting one or more of the dwindling effective years that trio has left in it.
Shaw, Hollins, Karl nor Kidd is guaranteed success or failure as Brooklyn’s next head coach. But the latter’s odds of success are far lower than the former three’s.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.
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