Jason Kidd Is in Over His Head as Brooklyn Nets Head Coach

Jared Johnson@@jaredtjohnson21Featured ColumnistJune 13, 2013

This sort of look will characterize Kidd's first year with the Brooklyn Nets.
This sort of look will characterize Kidd's first year with the Brooklyn Nets.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

According to ESPN, Jason Kidd is now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. He was hired Wednesday night, less than a month after being eliminated from the playoffs as a player for the New York Knicks.

Unfortunately for the Nets and Kidd, he is not ready for the job yet.



He Needs More Experience

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov likes the decision in kind of a weird way:

But unfortunately, the "fire in the belly" isn't enough for Jason Kidd to succeed as a head coach immediately after retiring as a player.

In April, Kevin Ding ranked the top 15 coaches of the 2012-13 NBA season. Nine of these coaches were former NBA players, like Kidd.

The issue is Kidd's lack of prior experience.

Of those nine players-turned-coaches, only Doc Rivers became a head coach without previous coaching, general managing or analyst experience in the NBA. The circumstances were different for Rivers, however.

Rivers took three years off between 1996 and 1999 without doing any coaching for the NBA. When he finally did join the NBA, he took the reins of the Orlando Magic, a team expected to be one of the worst in the league.

While he did lead the Magic to a 41-41 record that year and won the Coach of the Year award, the expectations for that team were very low.

Jason Kidd, meanwhile, will be going to the Brooklyn Nets, who are expected to be a top team in the Eastern Conference. They are just a year removed from going 49-33 and earning the No. 4 seed in the East.

Can Kidd thrive under the immense pressure?



He Has to Deal with Some Tough Players

Point guard Deron Williams, the Nets' best player, took to Twitter to support the hiring of Jason Kidd:

ESPN has noted that Williams and Kidd are close friends— but will their friendship continue to flourish when Kidd is the one always telling Williams what to do on the court?

After all, Williams doesn't have the greatest track record of maintaining relationships with coaches.

Kidd also has to continue to foster the on-court chemistry between the Nets' three stars that are still getting used to playing together: Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.

 The loose cannons Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche will not be a walk in the park to coach, either.

All of these factors aren't exactly ideal for a rookie head coach, especially one with no previous NBA coaching experience.

Kidd will join a team that has fired both Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo in the past year—two proven coaches at the NBA level with lots of experience.

It's obvious that the Nets' front office has high expectations for the team.

Jason Kidd will not be able to meet these expectations.