Many have wondered how Jason Kidd, a guy who has zero coaching experience, would fair in his first year on the bench. Well, he got his first taste of action Sunday during the Orlando Summer League and he promptly received his first technical foul.
Kidd spent most of the afternoon looking relaxed but intense during the Brooklyn Nets’ first summer league game. But he got off the bench and walked across half court to challenge a foul call with 2:23 left in his team’s 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons, and was immediately called for a technical foul.
Kidd had the following to say about his technical:
It happens. I learned quickly where the coaching box is. I’ve some coaches on the other end of the floor, so I can’t follow their lead.
The summer league will serve as a bit of on-the-job training for the 40-year-old Kidd. The 10-time All-Star retired after spending the 2012-13 season with the New York Knicks and was immediately hired as the Nets’ head coach. Luckily for Kidd, he has former NBA head coach Lawrence Frank serving as his top assistant.
On Sunday Frank was often the one drawing up plays in huddles while Kidd looked on. Kidd, who played 21 years in the league, has said he will lean on his assistant as he gets used to his new position.
It will be an interesting experiment with Kidd at the helm in Brooklyn. Can a guy with literally no coaching experience be successful at the head of a team with tons of veterans and a ton of personalities? Time will tell.