MIAMI — Just days removed from officially calling it quits as a player, Jason Kidd may be back on the sideline as a coach.
There are reports that Kidd, who helped the New York Knicks get to the second round of the playoffs by beating the Celtics in the first round, may get some consideration as the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
Kidd, 40, led the Nets to a pair of NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. His lone NBA title came in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks. He leaves the game after amassing 17,529 points, 12,091 assists and 2,684 steals. Only Utah great and NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton had more assists and steals than Kidd.
Few current NBA coaches are more qualified to speak about players making the transition from player to coach, than San Antonio's Gregg Popovich. Some of the NBA's top coaches have played for Popovich, a group that includes Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
"I think of course it's an individual thing," Popovich said. "But when you've played in the league as long as Jason has and played for a number of coaches, he's pretty much seen everything that the NBA can offer. So he does have experience."
But like any job, there are aspects of it that you don't truly understand until you're in the thick of it.
"If he's crazy enough to want to be a head coach in the league, I wish him all the best," Popovich said. "But he certainly has the intuitive skills to know what's going on out there.
Popovich added, "so if that's what he wants to do, and that's who they want to hire, I think that he's got an opportunity and a possibility to be really, really good at it."