The Nets are continuing the interview process, due to speak to Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw today. But for now, the candidacy of Jason Kidd remains real and the name to beat. Kidd, who interviewed with the Nets on Monday, emerged as the frontrunner when he impressed general manager Billy King and members of the Russian-based ownership group with his desire to make the move. The Nets’ only interviews so far are with Kidd and now Shaw, and there has been no effort to reach out to recently unemployed Lionel Hollins or George Karl. Kidd made the decision to retire from his 19-year playing career just a week before he interviewed with the Nets. Though he has spoken of a desire to land a front-office job, he was able to convince the Nets that this is not a lark and he is ready to commit to going all-in on the requirements of a head coach. One person who closely has worked with Kidd during his career believes that Kidd knows exactly what it takes and his competitive fire will not allow him to give anything less than his all. “Jason is a smart guy,” the source said. “With Jason, if he gets the job and his name is on it, the guy is one of the most competitive players in the game. He deeply cares about winning. He’s very smart. He’ll surround himself with people he thinks can help and do what he needs to do to make it work.” One NBA coach pointed out that though the NBA Finals included a pair of old-school coaches in San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, the league is different than it once was and the demands on a head coach greatly vary. Kidd reportedly stressed to the Nets that he would bring along a veteran staff of assistants to counter his own inexperience on the sideline. One name prominently mentioned has been Lawrence Frank, who coached Kidd as an assistant and then head coach in New Jersey with the Nets, and served as coach of the Detroit Pistons the last two seasons.
Jason Kidd emerges as Nets’ top candidate
North Jersey | Jun 12