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Deron Williams on Jason Kidd: "It's a risk" but one worth taking

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Deron Williams spoke exclusively to Stefan Bondy Wednesday night about the Nets decision to hire Jason Kidd as his head coach. D-Will talked about the decision as a risk vs. reward calculation.

"Nobody knows if he’s going to be a great coach," Williams said. "It’s going to take him a couple years to adjust. But at the same time, he could be a great coach off the bat.

"It’s a risk, but I think it’s somebody we can grow with. I think it’s somebody we’re definitely going to respect and listen to. And I’m excited about the ways he’s going to help me as a player and a leader."

Williams said he's betting Kidd, his teammate on Team USA's 2008 gold medal team, will become a great coach.

"I think he’s going to be a great coach," Williams said. "He’s probably been coaching on the floor for the last five, six years. And I’ve played with him on the Olympic team (in 2008) and saw how smart he is, saw how he was really coaching us out there."