From a floor general to the general.
Jason Kidd is the Brooklyn Nets' new head coach, the team announced Wednesday. Kidd just recently retired after 19 NBA seasons and while he's assuredly headed for a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection, while he waits he will take over the bench of one of the East's top teams.
Kidd is one of the most universally respected players in the league -- he's a two-time winner of the NBA's sportsmanship award -- and because of that, players from across the NBA expressed a lot of support for him on Twitter after news broke of his hiring.
Congrats to Jason Kidd on his new head coaching job...hes a great leader that is going to do unbelievable things in Brooklyn— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 13, 2013
Congrats to J kidd!— Kris Humphries (@KrisHumphries) June 13, 2013
Congrats to Jason Kidd.... From uniform to the sideline. Big time— Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) June 13, 2013
3 great coaches come to mind who were head coaches with no coaching experience prior..... Larry Bird, Doc Rivers, and Mark Jackson— Dahntay (@dahntay1) June 13, 2013
Congrats to @realjasonkidd on becoming the Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets! All the best bro!— Mark Jackson (@JacksonMark13) June 13, 2013
Wow, JKidd the Nets head coach, great move, so happy for Jkidd— Charlie Villanueva (@CV31) June 13, 2013
Congrats @realjasonkidd for becoming the head coach for the Nets. Very impressive.— chase budinger (@CBudinger) June 13, 2013
S/O 1st ballot HOF @realjasonkidd, one of the best to do it and on the new gig!— Marcus Camby (@MarcusCamby23) June 13, 2013
That's big time @realjasonkidd becoming the Nets Head Coach. Who was the last player to retire then become a head coach the following sea?— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) June 13, 2013
JKidd went from playing straight to a head coach— Brandon Rush (@BRush_4) June 13, 2013
Wow. Jason kids going to finals next year. He is going to be a complete coach. He should coach in a nets uniform. So he can sub in.— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) June 13, 2013