There have been many questions surrounding the Brooklyn Nets rookie head coach Jason Kidd — just how he would handle the job, could he make the transition from playing to coaching seamlessly, that sort of thing — but based on what Jason Terry, his ex-teammate in Dallas, said about him during Thursday’s press conference Kidd should be a natural at the gig.
“I know he is going to do an outstanding job as a coach because he’s already been coaching basically his entire life as a point guard,” Terry said.
“(Playing with Kidd) were some of the best years of my career obviously,” Terry continued. “Playing alongside Jason was a dream come true. He’s the best point guard to ever play the game in my eyes. The entire time, again, he was coaching. If there was a play that needed to be drawn up he would do it. If there was a practice that needed to be ran he was out there making sure all the guys were practicing even when they didn’t want to. He was phenomenal.
“That’s why I believe this transition for him is going to be as smooth as any because he’s been doing it his whole career. Again, I’m honored, I’m privileged, where I’m playing for a guy who understands me understands my game. The chemistry is there.”
Those are strong words and credible words as Terry has indeed played alongside him. That’s likely why the Nets didn’t hesitate to hire him without experience. The point guard is the floor general. He’s the one who is usually closest to the coach and understands best what he’s trying to execute. It’s great to hear an ex-teammate of Kidd have so much faith in him. It’ll be better if he get can the most out of Terry, and the entire team, because of his experience.