In the 1994 NBA Draft with the second overall pick the Dallas Mavericks selected Jason Kidd. He spent his first two-and-a-half seasons in Dallas before being traded to the Phoenix Suns. The Suns eventually traded Kidd to the Nets where point guard led New Jersey to back-to-back Finals appearances.
New Jersey traded Kidd after six-and-a-half seasons back to the team that drafted him. Kidd was amongst the leaders on the Mavericks 2011 championship squad. Kidd's last stop in his playing career was a one year stint last season with the New York Knicks.
After an illustrious playing career that will one day have him entrenched in the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kidd decided to call it quits following last season and immediately pursue a head coaching career. The now Brooklyn Nets had a coaching vacancy after firing coaches Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo last season. After interviewing Brian Shaw and Kidd for the position, the Nets decided to go with the guy had already brought them to the Finals years ago as a player.
The transition has been anything but smooth for Kidd. There was some early turmoil between him and assistant coach Lawrence Frank. The team got off to a disappointing start of 10-21 due to injuries, chemistry and identity issues, and Kidd learning on the job how to be a head coach in the NBA.
As the calendar has turned to 2014, things have changed for Brooklyn. The Nets are winners of eight of their last nine games and come into Friday night with a record of 18-22.
For the first time in his coaching career, Jason Kidd will be coaching against the team that drafted and where he won his only championship. He will be facing familiar faces like Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle.
During his second stint with Dallas, Kidd started to prep for his second career after his playing days were over. He started to keep a notebook of things that Carlisle did as a reference to future situations where he may encounter similar circumstances.
Carlisle has supported Kidd in the summer and during this season as his former point guard tried to overcome adversity as a coach. Carlisle always believed that Kidd would turn out to be a fine coach.
Now for the first time on Friday, Kidd will have the chance to beat his old mentor as a coach.
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