The Brooklyn Nets introduced Jason Kidd as their new coach Thursday and now that he's on the other side of the player-coach relationship, Kidd knows what he needs from his team. He needs them to listen up.
"My job is to put guys in the position to be successful," Kidd said. "And also, guys have to be patient and listen. Because I was a player, I felt like I knew everything, and so it's always going to be where we can communicate and we can agree to disagree sometimes. I guess that's what a coach has to understand, too."
After 19 years in the NBA and a career that will book his ticket to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kidd is going to be on the sidelines in a suit instead of on the floor directing his teammates. He'll try to teach guys like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez the secrets and tricks to the game that he learned over the years -- the stuff that made him as successful as he was and helped him win an NBA title with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
"The vision is to win," Kidd said in the press conference.
Kidd will draw on his very recent experience of playing against the Nets, as he did with the New York Knicks this past season, and he'll try to keep them from "unplugging" once they get to around 90 points. He'll focus on keeping them engaged in the plan and feeding Lopez inside to keep the offense moving late in games.
The new Nets coach and former Nets player tried to be as polite and diplomatic as he could when describing the changes of moving from East Rutherford, N.J., to Brooklyn, N.Y., but even a smile and the murmured laughter from reporters couldn't help sell the point that the Nets are in a better place now than when Kidd was leading them on the court.
Kidd also talked about his relationship with Williams, the possibility of putting guys like Gerald Wallace at point forward at times, and possibly being more outgoing because of coach-media obligations. He talked about taking the lead from Gregg Popovich, so good luck Brooklyn media. You can watch the press conference below: