Jason Kidd has been appointed the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, with sources reporting he has signed a three-year deal.
The hiring of Kidd came hours after the Nets had held a meeting with the 40 year-old's fellow candidate, Brian Shaw, who reportedly made a strong presentation to the franchise's directors in a meeting on Wednesday.
Despite Shaw being a long-term target of the Nets, Kidd has seemingly convinced owner Mikhail Prokhorov and his advisers that he is ready to jump directly into the lead seat on an NBA bench, despite the fact that he has no prior coaching experience.
The former point guard, who brought a 19 year pro career to an end at the New York Knicks at the end of the current season, will seek to improve on the Nets 2013 effort, which saw them beaten in the first round of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls.
Speaking about his appointment, Kidd said: "This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it's a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days.
"Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that's how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about the next phase of my basketball career."
A source with knowledge of Kidd's meetings with the Nets said that Kidd did a lot more than "just come in and puff his chest out. He got up on the board and drew up plays and showed he had command of what he wanted to do on offence. He had good knowledge of the personnel, and explained his philosophy."
The move returns Kidd with his former franchise, whom he led to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 as a player. He spent almost seven seasons with the team, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. He is also their career leader in numerous statistical categories.
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