NBA Rumors: Jason Kidd eyes Nets coaching job

It didn’t take former New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd very long to decide on what he wants to do next after retiring earlier in the week.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, Kidd is pursuing the Brooklyn Nets open coaching vacancy.

May 14, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) set to pass the ball in game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Kidd is scheduled to meet with Nets’ general manager Billy King this week to make his pitch to become the next head coach, which became open after King decided that interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo wouldn’t be brought back for the 2013-14 season.

ESPN also has reported that the Nets have added Kidd to the list of candidates for the job, that currently believe to include Brian Shaw, who has been rumored to be the top candidate.

Can Kidd make the immediate jump to coaching?

That’s the biggest question he will have to answer to King.

“Jason feels he’s really ready to do this,” one of his associates told ESPN.com.

Kidd will have some hurdles to overcome to get a coaching gig this season, most notably the fact that despite practically being a coach on the floor for 19 NBA seasons, Kidd has zero coaching experience.

But given Kidd’s close relationship with King, don’t count the future Hall of Famer out.

During his stint with the Nets, while they were in New Jersey, he led the team to a pair of NBA Finals appearances. Kidd also has a very close relationship with Nets point guard Deron Williams, which could give him a chance to land the job.

Kidd announced his retirement Monday, ending a 19-season career during which he made 10 All-Star appearances and led the NBA in assists five times. He had two years remaining on his contract with the Knicks and is second all-time in NBA history in career assists and steals.

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Topics: Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks

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