Jason Kidd officially gets credit for the Brooklyn Nets win over the Miami Heat at the Barclays Center last week, but on Tuesday night he was actually on the court as the Nets beat the Utah Jazz 104-88 which would technically be his first win as a head coach.
After the game, he walked into a pitch black locker room as the Nets’ players surprised him with the game ball. “I thought the electricity was [out],” Kidd said.
Kidd has been very humble about any accolades he’s received so far as head coach, he made the Nets retire his jersey during the preseason, and Tuesday night he wouldn’t say much about his first win. Kevin Garnett called it special though.
“It was great to get the win at home, give him his first win,” Garnett said. “When he looks back on that, this group will be a part of that so it’s always special to do something like that. It’s good for him.”
Kidd was forced to sit out the first two games of the season as punishment for a DUI he got back in July before being named head coach of the Nets. Joe Prunty filled in as head coach in those two games and went 1-1. In Kidd’s first game back, the Nets were very disappointing during a 107-86 loss in Orlando.
Before Tuesday’s game, Kidd explained how he’s slowly feeling more comfortable on the bench. He compared being a rookie coach to being a rookie player and said, ““Every day I’m getting a little bit better, feeling more comfortable, learning. It’s no different tonight.”