SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – When he announced his retirement last week, NBA and Cal star guard Jason Kidd said he’d like to become a head coach. He plans to talk to the Brooklyn Nets this week about replacing coach P.J. Carlesimo. Can a player transition to a head coaching job that quickly?
“With all the assistants you have, it should be easier than it was back in the day – when you were the only one or you only had one assistant,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “Take a guy like Jason Kidd, who’s played a long time, is a very smart player (and) has a very high basketball IQ they say. So he knows the game and knows everything that you can about it, except really how to coach it. To me, I could see how he could do it and be very successful at it if he had good assistants.”
Madden said the ‘backstage’ duties require more expertise than players would have.
“It would be all those things that you probably don’t see as a player that a coach goes through, such as game plan organization, however they do that, practice organization, you know how you set up your practices, travel itineraries, meeting times…You always have to know what you don’t know, and then kind of admit what you don’t know, and then get someone who does know it.”
But Madden said one of the most important parts of winning has nothing to do with coaching.
“You still have to have players. We can talk about practice and organization and coaching and knowledge and strategy, but none of that means anything if you don’t have the players. (7:30)