Dec 19, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) drives around Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Point guards are famous for their abilities to get a team’s offense going. Should Jason Kidd, one of, if not the best point guards in history be given a chance to coach a team and possibly lead them to the NBA Finals?
According to NBA.com via Yahoo Sports, Jason Kidd is interested in the Brooklyn Nets coaching position. Not being a LeBron James fan and seeing all the hype for him winning another ring from the press, has gotten me to almost completely tune out of the NBA Playoffs the last couple of weeks. This news is a sign of fresh air for the next season for reigns of a better more suited and honorable champion battling the legacies of the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and defeating LeBron James’ Miami Heat in their debut year.
I have a little bit of doubt in his ability to coach as I recently heard his voice on 98.7 FM in New York City while he was playing for the New York Knicks, and his voice did not seem to be that audible or coherent.
Then again, a picture is a thousand words. His body language and his title record indicates that his ability as a point guard can get the job done as he has been a multiple time Eastern Conference Champion Finals (2002 and 2003) winner, a captain of winners in fact to an underdog franchise nobody liked. He would get another chance to . Last year, he had an impressive run against the eventual Western Conference Champions, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
He has a few options:
- Follow Lionel Hollins in free agency as an assistant coach
Lionel Hollins is one of the premier coaches in defense. He led the Memphis Grizzlies to uphill climb with very limited resources, yet still making it to the Western Conference Finals this year. Following Hollins may be great for Jason Kidd as both are well known for their defensive mindsets. Their combined efforts on a coaching staff can really lead to unbeatable defense.
May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) listens to fans heckle in the final minutes of their 115-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
- Follow Chris Paul in free agency.
He was supposed to do that last year with Deron Williams, and would have been made quite an impact. Vinny Del Negro was not resigned to the Los Angeles Clippers. He could go to the Brooklyn Nets to be in a big marketing town such as New York City as well for a stellar Deron Williams-Chris Paul-Joe Johnson back court. Following Chris Paul, he can bring about a side of teamwork and work ethic that was lacking for the Chris Paul-dependent Los Angeles Clippers. Paul was the NBA All-Star MVP. He is a fourth quarter closer. He led the Los Angeles Clippers to two playoffs appearances with outstanding fourth quarter performances. He is MVP material and definitely could help him be on a team that would get a division title.
- Be an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets
If Kelvin Sampson goes bye-bye, there could be a pretty big gap for the Houston Rockets. Big shoes would be filled for the coach who gave the Rockets a pretty good record when coach Boston Celtics legend Kevin McHale took a hiatus from coaching. Reports have been stating that the Houston Rockets are finally becoming interested in signing Chris Paul this season. The defensive lapses in the Rockets can be compensated by an expert defensive mentality. Jason Kidd’s leadership and emphasis on teamwork cannot hurt either.