In an interview with NBA.com's Lang Whitaker, New York Knicks' point guard Raymond Felton once again praised the hiring by the Brooklyn Nets of his former teammate Jason Kidd, but went on to say that Kidd won't have to do too much coaching this season, given the makeup of his roster.
Felton says, "I think he’ll be a great coach, but at the end of the day, he’s not going to have to do too much coaching," before going on to compare his situation to Phil Jackson's during his days with the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen-led Chicago Bulls.
He goes on to say:
He can do like Phil Jackson did — he might have drawn something up out of the timeouts, he might have talked about a couple of things during halftime, but Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, those guys ran the team, they made the game. You’ve got Deron Williams, one of the best point guards in the league, you’ve got Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, those guys understand the game and they’re veterans, so there’s not too much coaching you can do.
Once again, Felton suggests that Kidd will do wonders for Williams, leading him on and off the court, much like he did with Felton in New York last season. He also suggests that Kidd's basketball IQ and his on-the-court career as a future Hall of Fame point guard will make for an easier transition for Coach Kidd.
On whether or not New York still belongs to the Knicks, Felton believes the city still does, "without a doubt," going on to say, however, that the Nets have a good team, just that they have no shot at becoming New York's team.
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