Brooklyn Nets Hire Jason Kidd: NBA News at YouWager

It’s official. Jason Kidd is now the Brooklyn Nets’ new head coach

According to a source close to the team Kidd signed a three-year deal.

The 40 year-old’s hiring came after the Brooklyn basketball team met with Brian Shaw for five hours yesterday.

Even when Shaw had been targeted by the Nets for a considerable amount of time and made a strong presentation during yesterday’s interview, Kidd convinced Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov and his advisers that he is ready to jump directly into the lead seat on an NBA bench even when he has no prior coaching experience.

YouWager experts learned that the former star point guard “didn’t just come in and puff out his chest. He got up on the board and drew up plays and showed he had command of what he wanted to do on offense. He had good knowledge of the personnel, and explained his philosophy.”

The move reunites former Dallas Mavericks players with the franchise he led to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and ’03, when the Nets played in New Jersey. The California native spent 6½ seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game, and is their career leader in various statistical categories.