Dirk Nowitzki let out a sigh Monday afternoon when asked about the possibilities of former teammate Jason Kidd becoming a head coach in the NBA.

Kidd retired last week following an illustrious 19-year career, which includes being a Dallas Mavericks teammate of Nowitzki from 2008-'12. Kidd is now a serious candidate to become the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

"Jason Kidd as a head coach, it's tough for me, right from player to coach,'' Nowitzki said. "That’s tough, but I think if one guy can do it, it’s him.

"I obviously played with him numerous of years and there’s stuff he came up with every year. (Kidd would say) ‘Hey, why don’t we try this, why we try that.’ ''

Kidd was generally regarded as having one of the highest basketball IQ's in the history of the NBA. How that translate to coaching is anybody's guess.

"He’s got an unbelievable mind for basketball,'' Nowitzki said. "There’s stuff he sees out there it’s almost like a coach already.

"Like I said, that's a tough transition, but if anybody can do it I think it’s him.''

If Kidd lands a head coaching job, Nowitzki is sure he'll be surrounded by assistants who have been around the block a few years.