The Brooklyn Nets Will Win With Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd w/ Deron Williams

Jason Kidd w/ Deron Williams

The Brooklyn Nets rocked NBA headlines last week with the hiring of Jason Kidd as their new head coach. Kidd was nine days into his retirement as a player from the NBA when the Nets announced him as their new coach. It’s everything a team on the rise, such as the Nets, would want out of a big announcement. It was sexy, clever, attention-grabbing, and outside-the-box. The Nets wanted Phil Jackson, however in my opinion, they will win with Kidd.

The Nets are not hiring Kidd because of his coaching experience because well … he doesn’t have any. That makes the question of what makes Kidd qualified for the job a reasonable and valid one. It’s not Kidd’s blank coaching resume that got him this opportunity, it’s that with this team and at this time he’s the most logical choice for this job.

Kidd is arguably the greatest player in Nets history, leading them at point guard to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and 03′ when the team played in New Jersey. He knows what it takes to become a championship team and how they should be built. His name rings bells throughout the league from teammates, opponents, and coaches all praising his contribution to the game. Kidd brings credibility with him whenever he walks through an NBA door. The Nets are owned by a Russian billionaire who’s determined to make good on his investment and makes sure it’s his team and not the crosstown New York Knicks that dominates any headlines. The Nets franchise player Deron Williams has a very strong relationship with Kidd and also happens to be their point guard. It’s no question to me that Kidd walked into the right door at the right time and for the right owner.

Time will tell if Kidd can take the Nets to a championship. This isn’t a case of someone taking over a team that’s starting from scratch or looking to rebuild, the Nets are a playoff team with high expectations. This is a team that should have beaten Chicago in the first round of the playoffs this year. Kidd is being brought in to be the piece that connects all the dots and I believe he’s the right man for the job. The Nets will make sure Kidd is surrounded by the best staff of assistant coaches they can assemble to offset his lack of coaching experience. They could have went another direction with Brian Shaw, Lionel Hollins, and George Karl all available at the time of Kidd’s hiring. Any one of those moves would have been logical with the exception of one thing … their not Kidd.