Throwback Thursday: A Brief History of Players Turned Coaches (Congrats Jason!)
Upon retiring this past May, legendary point guard Jason Kidd made it immediately known he hadn’t planned to stay away from the game long. And yesterday his statement was validated by the Brooklyn Nets’ decision to hire him as their head coach for next season. Though some considered it a surprising move, J-Kidd is far from being the first player-turned-coach in the NBA. A quick survey of the league, past and present, reveals names like Mark Jackson, Kurt Rambis, Vinny Del Negro, Avery Johnson, Byron Scott, Doc Rivers and Jeff Hornaceck, who have all made the jump to the sidelines, with varying degrees of success.
Consider this: The Zen Master himself, Phil Jackson, also found great success as a player and greater success as a coach. We’re not saying Kidd will instantly turn the Brooklyn Nets into legitimate championship contenders, but if his player career is any indication, he’ll be just fine in a suit and tie. Congrats Jason. And thanks for the on-court memories.