When future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd’s name was suddenly thrown into the mix of names as a Nets’ coaching candidate, a number of critics not only questioned the organization’s mindset, but exactly what direction they’d be going in with a person of Kidd’s caliber, especially since he just retired last season, and being that other well-known [vet] coaches were on the market. But that former became quite evident later on. Well, it turns out that Kidd is the one who approached the team to consider him for the coaching position and not the other way around.
It was Kidd who reached out through his agent to Nets’ brass to see if there might be an opportunity, and initially, there wasn’t. Nets GM Billy King, speaking during the TNT telecast to David Aldridge during Brooklyn’s preseason win over the Heat on Thursday, explained the details of how it all went down, and revealed some of the qualities in Kidd that impressed him enough to give the first-time head coach a shot.
David Aldridge: He really kind of recruited you as opposed to the other way around right? Billy King: [nods head in agreement] He did, he did, and you know his agent Jeff Schwartz reached out, and originally I said “No.” I said “No, there’s no way.” Ownership said it, I said “No way.” And then they said ??? Just meet with him,” and I did, and I’m glad I did.