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Kidd introduced as Nets' coach, with much to learn

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm •  Published: June 13, 2013
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Kidd said he was also contacted by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to offer him the opportunity to rejoin that franchise and learn the business operations. But he interviewed with the Nets on Monday and they chose him as their coach after talking with Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.

"In my meeting with him he talked about our team," King said of his discussion with Kidd. "He knew the personnel. When I talked about how he would use them in certain ways, how he would defense, how he would operate offensively, he said, 'What I want to do, I want to get uptempo, I want to get the ball moving.'"

Kidd, who has a close friendship with Nets point guard Deron Williams, said his message to players will be simple: "Understand you've got to play hard, you've got to play defense and we're going to grow together. That's what's going to make it special."

He also credited Golden State coach Mark Jackson's success in his first year as coach of the Warriors for possibly playing a role in Brooklyn's decision to hire him.

"He did give guys the opportunity, maybe crack the door open for guys who were playing to be able to go into coaching because of the success that he's had," Kidd said. "There are guys that are examples out there that have done it. Hopefully I can carry the torch and have the same success."

Kidd also has a court date next month on Long Island stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last year. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DWI and is due in Southampton Town Court on July 11, according to the Suffolk County prosecutors' office.

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