It’s not easy to be a rookie head coach. Add in big personalities like Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, the challenge increases tenfold.
This is what retired NBA star point guard Jason Kidd will learn when he picks up the clipboard as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, his first NBA coaching job months after hanging up the sneakers following a 19-year career.
Kidd’s task is to carry the Nets to glory from the sidelines the same way he did on the court, when he led the then-New Jersey Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. In order for his latest task to be a success, he will need to find a way to make his players buy into his system. Which is what makes the trade that could bring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn such an important trade for Kidd.
All three players, veterans who bring an aggregate 47 years of NBA experience to the Nets, carry the respect that is felt across the NBA toward Kidd, giving the rookie coach instant credibility in the locker room.
“Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd have the same agent, and they’ve had the same agent for a long time. That means a lot,” said Donny Marshall on UNO Sports Tonight. “[Garnett] and Kidd, very, very good friends, have a mutual respect for one another.”
And let’s not forget that Terry was a major piece of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks, who won the O’Brien Trophy as NBA champions, whom Kidd was the starting point guard for.
“[It’s important] as a new head coach, to have guys who are behind you,” Marshall added.
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