Denver assistant next for Kidd's staff?

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Stefan Bondy and Tim Bontemps tweeted Sunday that the man who sat next to Jason Kidd in Orlando is likely to join the Nets staff as an assistant. Former Nuggets assistant John Welch, 50, sat with Kidd and Lawrence Frank during the Nets' summer league game vs. the Pistons.

Howard Beck later reported, Welch "is expected to be named to the staff soon."

Welch has been George Karl's righthand man in Denver for the better part of a decade. In a profile earlier this season, Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post described Welch as "the Nuggets' secret weapon, a workout wizard, an eternal gym rat, George Karl's consigliere."

Masai Ujiri, then Nuggets GM is quoted this way by Hochman: "I don't want to talk about him — because I don't want any other team to take him. He's the best, he's the best in the NBA, there's no doubt about it. No disrespect to anybody, but he's the best player development coach in the NBA. He takes basketball seriously — his work, his trade."

If he has a specialty, adds Hochman, it's point guard development. The hiring of Welch would give the Nets five assistant coaches: Lawrence Frank, Roy Rogers, Eric Hughes, Doug Overton and Welch as well as strength and conditioning coach Dr. Jeremy Bettle.

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