Bob Cousy has already done what Jason Kidd is hoping to do: make the transition from superstar NBA point guard to head coach.

Cousy, 84, who retired in 1963 and began coaching at Boston College that same year, compiled a .750 winning percentage in six seasons there before leaving for the pros. The Celtics Hall of Famer went on to coach in the NBA for four-plus seasons, winning 40.3 percent of his games with Cincinnati and Kansas City-Omaha.

Cousy doesn't know Kidd personally -- and therefore couldn't really project how he’d fare as a head coach -- but has always admired the future Hall of Famer's game from afar.

"He seems like a pretty intense player, so I think that's a good thing," Cousy told Monday. "I was pretty damn intense myself, so it's a nice thing to bring to the table. When you become a leader, your personality usually translates to the people you're working with. If you're laid-back or you don't have any intensity, I suppose that could be a detriment."

I asked Cousy what it was like making the transition from point guard to coach.

"For whatever reason, as point guards we're supposed to be the extension of the coach on the floor, and therefore it makes sense that you're a natural to make that transition," he replied. "To some people, that's true, but I think it oversimplifies it.

"Perhaps it prepares you a little bit better, maybe as a point guard you're geared in terms of thinking about five people, as opposed to just worrying about yourself and your own responsibilities. But you also have to have the other qualities: being able to interact with other people, being able to teach in an unselfish way and requiring the feedback that you need as a leader in order to motivate them properly."

Cousy didn't have any ambitions of coaching when his playing career ended. But he needed to make a living. In 1963, he was the highest-paid player in the league -- making $35,000. So becoming a coach was practical.