Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com
MIAMI — LeBron James and the Miami Heat put on a great performance in Game 2 of last night's NBA Finals, but before the game, Jason Kidd came up as a topic of discussion.
Gregg Popovich thinks quite highly of Kidd and said so before Game 1 of the Finals. Popovich was asked about the progression of Spurs point guard Tony Parker and the Spurs' well-renowned pursuit of Kidd back in July 2003.
Before Sunday's Game 2, Yahoo! Sports reported that Kidd was interested in pursuing the Nets head coaching vacancy and, according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, Kidd is hoping to speak with the Nets about the vacancy as soon as this week.
''I think, of course, it's an individual thing," Popovich said when asked if he thought Kidd would make a good NBA coach. "But when you've played in the league as long as Jason has and played for a number of coaches, he's pretty much seen everything that the NBA can offer. So he does have experience," he said."If he's crazy enough to want to be a head coach in this league, then I wish him all the best of luck."
All indications are that the Nets prefer an "established" head coach and someone with clout and experience may resonate more positively with the veteran Nets club. First time head coaches such as Mark Jackson (Golden State Warriors), Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) and Frank Vogel (Indiana Pacers) tend to do well when they inherit younger teams that are not necessarily expected to contend immediately.
The same cannot be said of these Nets. Mikhail Prokhorov's demands and stance have not changed, so Kidd being given serious consideration for the job would be surprising.
That he is interested in being a candidate, however, is news worthy. And it is also quite interesting considering that Kidd is one of the greatest Nets of all time—having led the team to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances—and that he maintains a close relationship with Deron Williams and others within the organization.