Thursday, September 5, 2013

Is Jason Kidd Making A Mistake?

Since retiring from the NBA Jason Kidd has been a very busy man.  In July he took the position as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.  Although the decision seemed rather impulsive and somewhat risky his latest move is even more puzzling.  In a strange turn of events Jason Kidd is buying a portion of the Brooklyn Nets.  Does anyone see a problem with this?

I know there is no rule against coaches owning a stake in teams, but isn't this a conflict of interest?  Doesn't ownership make it difficult to hold him accountable for the team's performance?  If they play poorly will he fire himself?  Will the players be intimidated by his power and influence?  I know it's only 1/6 of 1%, but it sets a tone for how the entire organization perceives him. 

In addition, Jason Kidd 's lack of experience has to be a concern going forward.  Kidd has never coached at any level and he's only 4 1/2 months removed from his playing days.  That is an awkward transition to say the least.  Most (if not all) of the players he will end up coaching played with or against him their entire career.  What kind of relationship will they have once he starts telling them what to do?

To be perfectly honest, I think Jason Kidd is making a big mistake.  It's too soon after his playing days to make such a major commitment with regards to his time and money.  Why not take a year off to see what his life is like without basketball?  If he thinks coaching is in his blood why not do a stint as an assistant coach before taking a head coaching position?  I know this unique opportunity will probably never come up again, but Jason Kidd is biting off more than he can chew.  Only time will tell if he can be successful wearing so many different hats, but the odds are against him.  Good luck J Kidd.  You were one of my favorites as a player.

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