Just weeks after retiring from the NBA, Jason Kidd has been hired as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Kidd has agreed to a three-year deal with a possible fourth-year deal team option. A formal announcement will be made later this week.
Kidd retired last week after 19 prolific seasons in the NBA.
“I think it is the right time,” Kidd told ESPN New York. “When you think about 19 years, it has been a heckuva ride. Physically, I want to be able to participate in activities with my kids so it has taken a toll.”
Before his Hall of Fame career in the pros, Kidd was hooping it up in the Bay Area in high school and college.
He attended St. Paschal Baylon school in the Oakland Hills, where he received accolades such as the Niasmith Award as the nation’s top high school player and being named an All-American.
“He was a man amongst boys,” said Jon Barry, who played against Kidd in high school.
Kidd went on to play for the Cal Bears, etching himself as perhaps the greatest player to ever step on campus. He almost single-handedly turned a 10-18 team the previous year into a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 in his freshman season.
After two years at Cal, Kidd declared for the 1994 NBA Draft, and was selected second overall by the Dallas Mavericks. The rest would be history, but he had some of his best years with the then New Jersey Nets from 2001-2007, leading them to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
Now, it appears that he would like to add more to that history, jumping right into the coaching ranks.
Things won’t necessarily be easy for the Bay Area and NBA legend, as he obviously has no coaching experience and must learn on the fly. Thus, it is paramount that he surrounds himself with quality and proven assistants to guide him through the process.
Jason Kidd: from high school legend to Cal legend to NBA legend to NBA head coach.
Only time will tell if that last portion will be changed to “NBA coaching legend.”