It used to be that the path from player to coach in the NBA required at least a couple of years as an assistant, executive or broadcaster.
Not anymore. Jason Kidd has shattered that notion, making the switch from player to coach in less than a month when he was hired by the Brooklyn Nets, the same franchise he led to consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals 10 years ago.
Kidd is one of the smartest players in league history, and has seen it all over a 19-year career. But the fact remains that he has no experience as a coach of any kind, which makes his chances for success one of the NBA’s great unknowns.