In a piece by Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram, Jason Kidd's former teammate in Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki, has endorsed him as "one person" who can make the leap from NBA player to head coach without taking any time off.
Nowitzki said of Kidd, "It's tough for me, right from player to coach...That’s tough, but I think if one guy can do it, it’s him."
Kidd and Nowitzki played in Dallas together from 2008-2012, winning a NBA Championship in 2011.
He went on to say,"I obviously played with him numerous of years and there’s stuff he came up with every year. (Kidd would say) ‘Hey, why don’t we try this, why we try that.’ ''
Paine went on to mention Kidd's high basketball IQ, which he notes is among the best in the NBA -- which becomes a major selling point for Kidd.
Nowitzki continued to praise Kidd, saying that he's essentially like a head coach with the way he plays on the court.
Meanwhile, a member of the Nets roster, said he respects Billy King, saying "I've got a lot of faith in knowing that Billy King is going to do the right thing and stuff like that." Of Kidd, Evans said, "I think Jason would be a good coach one day, whenever that day comes.:
- Full-Court Press: Nowitzki likes Kidd's chances as a head coach - Dwain Price - Star-Telegram
- Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Evans on Jason Kidd as coach Brooklyn Nets - MIke Mazzeo - ESPN New York