Basketball: Kidd gets T’d up in coaching debut

Jason Kidd is a real coach now.

He was whistled for a technical foul in his Orlando summer league debut.

“It happens,” Kidd said after he Brooklyn Nets’ 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons. “I learned quickly where the coaching box is. I’ve seen some coaches on the other end of the floor, so I can’t follow their lead.”

Kidd, who has no previous coaching experience, relied on his staff of assistants in his first game. His former head coach, Lawrence Frank, now an assistant, drew up plays during timeouts.

“This is training ground for every one — officials, coaches, players,” said Kidd, 40. “We’re all trying to get better.”

Here’s more from Sunday’s game.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Reminds me of my debut coaching 8th grade baseball.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    As much as I love JK, he is a childhood idol of mine (along with Will the Thrill), I am glad dude is NOT head coach at Cal.

    I wouldn’t mind if he was a Cal recruiter though…Steve?

  • Crawford

    He’s way above than being a recruiter at Cal, come on now…How many hall of fame players do you see out recruiting for their former colleges…not ever gonna happen

  • Crawford

    @BlakeStreetBear But I wouldn’t mind it though!

  • Will

    Juancho, did you kick dirt on the umpire?

  • SteveNTexas

    Blake – Most would consider the NBA a level above college sports (although there could certainly be some contrary argument)..
    If the pros want him, that alone says something about his fitness for coaching.

    As we lose recruiting battles in our own backyard, the thought of what Kidd would have brought becomes more painful.
    There are two California kids ( one from Oakland) in the top 10 recruits for next year.

    Will Monty get them? ( I don’t even see Cal in the running)

    Could Kidd get an Oakland kid?
    Could Kidd fill up Haas?
    Could Kidd get us huge media attention?

    I don’t like the trade the Brooklyn Nets recently made and he may have a tough time, but he is not likely to come back to Cal.

  • BlueNGold

    @SteveNTexas- are you sure these ‘in our own backyard recruits’ are eligible for admission to Cal? Or that they want to attend college close to home?

  • Juancho

    I havent done that yet. But it is a good idea.

  • SteveNTexas

    Blue – I’m never sure but take Stanley Johnson Plays for Oakland AAU. He lists Duke, Oregon UCLA and others. I would guess that Duke has high academic standards but really don’t know if that includes jocks.

    Jordan McLaughlin from Etiwanda, Cal Has Ct Indiana, UCLA on his list. Indiana has high standards but I don’t think IU has him as a high priority.

    We are in the hunt for Thomas Welsh (7 ft) and Malik Pope but both Californians have long lists.

    Arizona seems to grab from California all the time. I should draft legislation to prohibit Arizonans from “entering california with the intent to solicit, entice,… under the age of 18”

    Blue I would like to know our standards concerning academics when it pertains to athletes? I always assume its higher than most schools but can anyone give us a fair comparison with other Pac12 Schools?

  • BlueNGold

    Steve, I cannot answer you because I do not know what the specific eligibility requirements are. But, based on what was announced about the football players who were recently determined to be ineligible, we know they exist. It might be interesting to the people who populate this blog to know what the specific requirements are. I certainly would be interested in knowing. I will check into it to see what I can find out.

  • rollonubears