NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Brooklyn Nets’ coaching decision is down to Jason Kidd and Brian Shaw.
Kidd met with general manager Billy King on Monday and Shaw is expected to meet with the team Wednesday. A person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press that the team has just those two candidates.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the coaching search are not being made public by the Nets.
Kidd just ended his playing career after 19 seasons and is looking to make the move into coaching. He led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, the franchise’s greatest success in the NBA.
The buzz is certainly on Kidd’s side. And according to multiple reports, he seems to have the upper hand.
“The Russians are on board,” a source told the New York Post, referring to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Kidd is the leading candidate, and negotiations “on a possible contract” are underway.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kidd is “in line” to join the team on a three-year deal, with an announcement expected later this week.
The knock on Kidd, considered to be one of the NBA’s smartest players, is his lack of coaching experience. It’s been reported that he could sign on former Nets coach Lawrence Frank as an assistant. Kidd is also “targeting” Tim Grgurich for his staff, Yahoo! Sports reported.
Shaw is a respected longtime assistant who was with the Indiana Pacers team that reached the Eastern Conference finals and also worked previously for Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nets have to replace P.J. Carlesimo, who finished the season as their interim coach after they fired Avery Johnson in December.
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