The Nets won 49 games last season. They have excellent players at the two most important positions, Deron Williams at point guard and Brook Lopez at center. Their owner is probably willing to pay top dollar for a coach.
Yet, they’re taking seriously a candidate with absolutely no coaching – head or assistant – experience.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Maybe Kidd is ready to be a great coach at this very moment, but the Nets are in position where they shouldn’t have to take that chance. They should be able to lure a coach with proven quality track record now, and if Kidd demonstrates competency as an assistant (in Brooklyn or elsewhere), they could always turn to him down the road.
Lawrence Frank, just fired by the Pistons after a rather poor two-year stint in Detroit and owner of a career 279-335 career record, certainly shouldn’t give the Nets much reason to consider Kidd, either. If you’ll hire someone as a head coach only if he has a good enough assistant, that’s probably a sign you shouldn’t hire that person as head coach.