Checklist for Jason Kidd to Thrive in First Year as Brooklyn Nets Coach

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Checklist for Jason Kidd to Thrive in First Year as Brooklyn Nets Coach
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Jason Kidd will need to recreate Deron Williams.

Rookie coach Jason Kidd has a long checklist if he wants to succeed in converting the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets from legitimate title contenders on paper into reality. It’s a bit longer than that of more established NBA coaches for two reasons.

It’s not just that Kidd has to do this (recreate Deron Williams) and he has to do that (restrict Kevin Garnett’s minutes) and tend to a few other tricky matters—he also has to learn how to coach.

He’s not as far along as one might suspect for one of the best point guards and backcourt leaders the game has ever seen.

As Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski put it:

For all the extraordinary floor vision that elevated his greatness as a player, an innate ability to see the game develop at different angles, different speeds, Kidd made a startling revelation coaching his first practices: In this job, that gift had an inconsequential, if any, benefit to him.

Second reason? This “ain’t” New Jersey.

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