Jason Kidd Named Brooklyn Nets Coach; Ewing's Son Not Happy

Published on 13-Jun-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Jason Kidd Named Brooklyn Nets Coach; Ewing's Son Not Happy

Jason Kidd may be the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, but Patrick Ewing Jr had the last word.

Junior was none too pleased when word came down that Kidd would be the next Nets head coach.

He made this statement on Twitter:

"For real though I'm mad J Kidd got a head coaching job a year after retiring n my pops been coaching 10 years n barely gets a look."

And he is right. How is it that Jason Kidd, who just retired, gets a head coaching job and Patrick Ewing -- with almost a decade of learning the trade as an assistant coach -- doesn't even get an interview?

Kidd has not coached a day in his life and because he played for the Nets at one time. That makes him qualified?

Well, according to a 2008 study by some brainiacs at Cornell, it might.

Then again, it might not.

An then again, it might not even matter.

Still, Ewing should have at least gotten a common courtesty interview, if nothing else, to make the Nets look as if they were at least considering other candidates.

Kidd is just the latest player-turned-coach who thinks just because he played the game, he can coach it as well.

Magic Johnson thought that when he briefly coached the LA Lakers, and let's just say he was more successful as a talk show host. Magic never coached a day in his life and it showed.

Now, I'm not saying that will be Kidd's fate. Larry Bird was fairly successful as a head coach and Bill Russell was spectacular as a player-coach and then as a coach only. But don't be surprised that, if the Nets aren't successful, they might be giving Patrick Ewing a call.

That is, if he's still available.