Star guard could take up coaching job with the Brooklyn Nets next season.
He has only been been retired for seven days but already Jason Kidd is getting itchy feet to rejoin the NBA family.
But the superstar point guard would not be doing it as a player but rather as a possible coach of a franchise he knows very well, the Nets.
While the team might have been based in New Jersey when Kidd was last in a Nets jersey, he has indicated he would be interested in filling the vacant position left after the sacking of P.J. Carlesimo after Avery Johnson was let go in December 2012.
Kidd led the Nets to their most successful period in franchise when he led the team to the NBA finals while playing for the side between 2001 and 2004.
Despite his strong ties with the club, Indiana head coach Brian Shaw is understood to be Brooklyn’s preferred candidate to fill the vacant role.
However, Kidd was given the coaching seal of approval by arguably the best in the business for the past 20 years in Gregg Popovich.
“When you’ve played for a number of coaches, he’s pretty much seen everything that the NBA can offer,” Popovich said of Kidd’s credentials.
“So he does have experience. If he’s crazy enough to want to be a head coach in this league, I wish him all the best.
“He certainly has the intuitive skills to know what’s going on out there. Obviously, he would be able to have relationships with the players that he’s had with his coaches throughout. So if that’s what he wants to do, and that’s who (the Nets) want to hire, I think he’s got an opportunity and a possibility to be really, really good at it.”
Despite still having two years left on his contract with the New York Knicks, Kidd walked away from the game after 19 seasons and 10 All-Star appearances in a glittering career.