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Tampa Bay it's pretty cool, after retiring a week ago and after 5 hours of deliberation, it was finally announced on Wednesday night, June 12th, that former Nets star point guard Jason Kidd, will be taking control of the Brooklyn Nets as head coach next season. Kidd, who just retired from the NBA earlier this month, signed a three-year contract, and has apparently been meeting with the Nets for some time and displayed his coaching abilities by drawing up plays and painting a clear picture of what direction he wants to lead the team in.
A source who has been present at Kidd's meetings with the Nets stated, "[he] didn't just come in and puff out his chest. He got up on the board and drew up plays and showed he had command of what he wanted to do on offense. He had good knowledge of the personnel, and explained his philosophy."
"The Nets general manager Billy King, became convinced that Kidd was the right fit for the team, after Jason portrayed his 'team first' mentality during a meeting on Monday, June 10th. Jason is a proven winner and leader with an incredible wealth of basketball knowledge and experience. This will be a natural transition for him to move into the role of head coach, as he embodies the tough, smart and team-first mentality that we are trying to establish in Brooklyn." Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of the Nets, believes Jason has the passion to win that the Nets team needs to feel from a head coach, and Jason convinced him of that during their meeting on Wednesday.
"Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York. He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason."
"Kidd released a statement expressing his gratitude for the opportunity and how he plans to lead the Nets 'unselfishly' and how he is going to hold himself 'accountable' for their success or failures so long as he is their head coach.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it's a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days. Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that's how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career," Jason Kidd said.