Tyson Chandler has been Jason Kidd's teammate for two of the past three years, with the Mavericks and Knicks. He won the NBA title with Kidd, so he knows Kidd's value. He thinks the Nets decision was smart and will help Brooklyn. As for the Knicks, not so much.
Chandler said Kidd's decision was not a surprise, at least to him.
"Actually I’m not surprised at all. Jason and I had a lot of conversations during the season about retirement and coaching," Chandler told Marc Berman in the Post. "I tried to [convince him]. I did. I thought he had a couple of more years in him. I gave my input. I tried to tell him he could still do it, and you have a lot left in you.’’
Chandler says he thinks the best part of Kidd as coach is what he will get out of Deron Williams.
"His relationship with Deron Williams is key. Jason will make that team better because he will get things out of Deron most coaches wouldn’t.’’
As for the effect on the Knicks?
"I think it’s a big hole we have to fill now,’’ Chandler said. "We’re going to miss some of that good experience back there. He brought so much experience and knowledge that we’re going to miss. I’m sure [general manager] Glen [Grunwald] is right now preparing and trying to figure out how to make up for it.’’
- Tyson Chandler says he tried to convince Jason Kidd not to retire - Marc Berman - New York Post