EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jason Kidd says he is nervous and excited about coaching the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets have their highest expectations since Kidd played for them, and their ability to meet them could depend on whether he can have the same impact as a coach as he did as a player after arriving in 2001.
He was hired in June just weeks after ending his playing career, and he says he has spent the summer talking with other coaches in hopes of quickly learning the craft.
Kidd says Tuesday he was always nervous before every game as a player and has the same feelings in his new role, but it's an "exciting nervousness and I'm very excited about this opportunity."
The Nets have their first practice next Tuesday at Duke.