Kidd Now Leading Candidate For Nets Job per Fred Kerber

Updated: June 10, 2013

At first people in the NBA know thought it was a cute story about Jason Kidd wanting to jump right into coaching in the NBA. Now it seems the story has legs and Kidd is a legitimate candidate for the Brooklyn Nets job after he met with Billy King today.

Both sides apparently have mutual interest at the moment and Kidd is dead set on coaching a week after he retired from a stellar 19 year career. Kidd would be an out of the box choice for King and he would be putting his reputation on the line with the hire.

Fred Kerber of the NY Post is reporting that Kidd is now the “leading candidate” for the job.

If Kerber is reporting it then I have to take stock in it as he has his sources and if he says that there is mutual interest then I believe him.

[quote_simple]Fred Kerber NY Post

The serious interest goes both ways.

Jason Kidd badly wants the Nets’ head-coaching job, and multiple sources insist the attraction is mutual and the team’s search for a replacement to P.J. Carlesimo is strongly pointing toward the future Hall of Famer. Kidd is viewed as the leading candidate for the job and met with GM Billy King Monday to pitch his position.

It was a “good meeting,” according to someone close to the situation.

“Jason really believes he is ready for the next step, to be a head coach,” another person familiar with Kidd’s thinking said. “He wants it.”

And all indications are the Nets want him.

The Nets are expected to finalize a decision this week. If it is Kidd, team brass want to provide him an experienced staff, and former Nets head coach Lawrence Frank, axed by the Pistons, is the obvious choice for lead assistant.

Those who support Kidd point to Mark Jackson, who did a magnificent job at Golden State without any prior coaching experience. In his second year as head coach, Jackson directed the Warriors to their second playoff appearance in 19 seasons and advanced to the second round. The Nets, after making more than $300 million in salary commitments, were bounced in the first round. [/quote_simple]


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