When Jason Kidd decided take his seat at the front of the Brooklyn Nets bench back in June, he did so without the aid of any coaching experience.
But when it comes to scheming offenses and drawing up defenses, the well he'll draw from isn't entirely empty.
A few weeks prior to joining forces with the Nets, Kidd had ended a legendary 19-year playing career.
His playing days need only two words to be properly described: first ballot. His Hall of Fame credentials were earned a while back. A 10-time All-Star, nine-time All-Defensive team choice and six-time All-NBA performer, he was a living legend even before he stopped lacing them up.
His name will be etched alongside the league's all-time greatest point guards, but where he ranks in that discussion leaves some room for debate. A top-10 perch is his basement; his ceiling stops right at the heels of players like Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas and Bob Cousy.
J-Kidd wasn't a scoring guard, a distributor or a defensive presence. He was all of the above, plus a transcendent rebounder and the kind of leader coaches usually only dream about.
Picking Kidd's best moment is sort of like choosing a favorite child. Luckily, he produced more than enough moments and highlights for us to stroll down memory lane and glance at some of his finest work.