NEW YORK (AP) - After playing in the NBA for 19 years, Jason Kidd is nervous about being a rookie coach.
Kidd was introduced Thursday as the new coach of the Brooklyn Nets, less than 24 hours after he was hired by the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success.
``Yes, I have a lot to learn about coaching,'' Kidd said, but when he was playing as a point guard, ``I felt like I was an extension of the coach.''
Kidd, who succeeds P.J. Carlesimo, said his message to players will be simple: ``You've got to play hard, you've got to play defense and we're going to grow together.''
Nets general manager Billy King said he's not concerned about Kidd's lack of experience on the bench and that any hire is a risk. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Carlesimo wasn't retained after leading the Nets into the playoffs, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls in the first round. He went 35-19 after replacing Avery Johnson, who was fired in December.
The move reunites the 40-year-old Kidd with the franchise he led to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03, when they played in New Jersey. He spent 6 1/2 seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds, and is their career leader in numerous statistical categories. He spent last season with the New York Knicks.
Kidd also has a court date next week on Long Island stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last year. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DWI and is due in Southampton Town Court on June 20, according to the Suffolk County prosecutors' office.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Cavs vs. Raptors Game 4 Pick Can the Toronto Raptors even up the Eastern Conference Finals when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 8:30PM...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Thunder Game 3 Pick Will the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors be in a slugfest in Game 3 of the Western...
Thumbnail Cavs vs. Raptors Game 3 Pick Can the Toronto Raptors look to get back into the Eastern Conference Finals when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 tonight at...
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Cavs Game 2 Pick Can the Toronto Raptors bounce back after a poor showing against the Cleveland Cavaliers when the two meet in...
Thumbnail Thunder vs. Warriors Game 2 Pick After a loss in Game 1, the Golden State Warriors look to bounce back in Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight...
More inNBA Articles  

NBA Team Pages