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Is Jason Kidd up to the challenge, the pressure?

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Brooklyn Nets

Jan Hubbard, the former Mavericks beat writer, takes a look at the man with the biggest challenge this coming season: Jason Kidd. Hubbard notes that "while he was a great player, there is nothing to suggest that those skills will translate to him being a good bench coach or motivator of players." Still, he says, "Kidd's history "suggests that he is very likely to do a better job than we think he will."

Hubbard bases his conclusion, in part, on Kidd's ability to dissect the strengths and weaknesses of the coaches he worked under as a player ... and the respect given him as a teammate, what he calls Kidd's ability to see "the whole court."

He writes of how Kidd gave career advice to Williams and Chris Paul in the 2008 Olympics and how he battled with Avery Johnson, the man who in essence he's replaced as Nets coach. Johnson, Hubbard writes, thought Kidd was done before Mark Cuban traded for him. Then, he and Kidd found themselves in conflict with Kidd wanting more of an up tempo style and Johnson wanting him to stick with the system. Sound familiar?

Hubbard also quotes Rick Carlisle, a Kidd favorite, on the point guard's role in the 2011 NBA championship.
"Jason’s Kidd’s DNA is all over this thing."

Unlike most rookie coaches, Kidd will be blessed with a great cast, at least three of whom he helped win championships: Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams were his teammates on Olympic gold-medal winning teams and Jason Terry and he have rings from Dallas. Like most rookie coaches, he will face scrutiny, except in his case, the scrutiny will be intense because of who he is, who will be playing for him and where he will be coaching.

The Nets fully expect Kidd will need some time to adjust and are willing to accept his mistakes, give him time. They, like Hubbard, know Kidd has special basketball gifts, that he is "always seeing something no one else could see."