Jason Kidd Under Consideration as Nets Coach, USA Today Reports

Jason Kidd is being considered for the Brooklyn Nets’ coaching vacancy after ending his 19-year National Basketball Association playing career, USA Today said, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the search.

Kidd, 40, retired from the NBA last week with the second-most assists and steals in league history. He spent 6 1/2 of his seasons with the Nets from 2001-08, helping lead the team to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.

In addition to Kidd, the Nets are considering Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Indiana Pacers associate coach Brian Shaw as candidates to replace interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, the New York Times said. Carlesimo took over when Avery Johnson was fired in December following a 3-10 skid that dropped the Nets’ record to 14-14.

“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,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said at a news conference before Game 2 of the NBA Finals. “So he does have experience. If he’s crazy enough to want to be a head coach in the league, I wish him all the best.”

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