Jason Kidd's presence and relationship with Deron Williams reportedly helped convince the Brooklyn Nets that the 19-year pro could handle the leap from dominating the hardwood to commanding the sideline, according to ESPN.com.
But it's hard to imagine that Kidd's natural position didn't help ease the concerns of the Brooklyn front office that just handed over the keys to the franchise to a man lacking any coaching experience.
Point guards are said to be extensions of the coach, like a quarterback in football or a catcher in baseball. They have to have the ability to juggle multiple duties on the floor, putting their teammates in the best position to win without losing focus on their individual responsibilities.
Kidd's basketball background didn't just help him land his first coaching gig, it also provided a blueprint to how he can hold on to the position. His predecessors helped to write the leadership rule book—some shined a light on the path to success, while others have showed him what not to do in his new venture.
Despite having nearly two decades of offseasons in his background, Kidd's about to face a summer unlike anything he's ever experienced. Overwhelming seems short of describing the task at hand, and what's worse is that this is supposed to be the easy part.
With so many new tasks to attend to in the coming months (assembling his staff, evaluating his players and potential adds, planning an offseason regimen to implement his system), Kidd won't have the time to be pouring through the history books to unearth the lessons that they possess.
So I'll do the heavy lifting for him, pinpointing the rights and wrongs of the point guard-legends-turned-coaches over the years.