The first time Jason Kidd takes the floor as a head coach won’t be in some NBA arena this fall for the first Nets preseason game. Instead, it’s going to be in the practice gym inside Orlando’s Amway Center next month, when he takes charge of the Nets entry in the annual Orlando Summer League. “I think it’s the best thing to get right into it,” Kidd said during one of several radio interviews he did in his first full day as head coach of the Nets. “I know that a lot of times head coaches don’t coach summer league, but this gives me time to work on different parts of the game of learning to be a coach, but also my philosophy and plays and the defensive stuff that I get to put in as my system. So, I get to see if it works [and] if it doesn’t work, what changes I have to make and go from there.” As Kidd said himself, it’s rare for the head coach of a team to actually run its summer league squad often passing the job off to an assistant. But given the unique circumstances the Nets find themselves in with their new coach — considering he just retired from his 19-year first-ballot Hall of Fame career — it makes sense to try to get him as much seasoning as possible. In addition to trying to get up to speed with the actual process of coaching a team from the sidelines instead of on the floor as a point guard, Kidd also is in the process of figuring out who to name as his assistant coaches. Ever since Kidd’s name was first brought up as a potential head coaching candidate, he has been linked with Lawrence Frank, his former coach with the Nets. Frank is out of work after being let go by the Pistons when the season ended after two years there.
Kidd to coach Nets entry in Orlando league next month
New York Post | Jun 15