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Report: Jason Kidd lobbying to get Nets coaching job


Jason Kidd is a smart player, a guy very respected in the locker room, but is he really ready to step directly into a coach’s seat?

He wants to — Kidd wants to be the Brooklyn Nets head coach next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Freshly retired NBA star Jason Kidd is pursuing the Brooklyn Nets’ head coaching job and his candidacy has been discussed within the highest levels of the organization, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Kidd has been talking with associates about the possibility of making the immediate leap from a Hall of Fame playing career to a head coaching job, and has been working to identify a staff of assistant coaches who could help him overcome the significant learning curve, sources said.

Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw is the guy the Nets have had at the top of their target list, but both the Clippers and Nuggets also are very interested in him.

Kidd just retired after a Hall of Fame 19-year career, and he spent his best years with the Nets Kidd was the All-Star point guard who led the Nets to a couple NBA Finals appearances (where they lost to the Lakers and Spurs). He still has strong ties to the organization.

It is a big jump, but Kidd can point to Mark Jackson, who never coached and was a broadcaster who took over the Golden State Warriors and helped turn that franchise around. But catching lightning in a bottle like that twice would be hard.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.