(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — Jason Kidd held his first practice as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday with players on the team’s Summer League roster.
“I guess holding the whistle might be the weirdest thing,” Kidd said Wednesday, the first day of the team’s three-day minicamp. “Normally, as a player, you’re out there competing trying to win and get better, so that’s probably the weirdest part is just holding the whistle all practice.”
Kidd retired from the NBA less than a month ago and doesn’t have any coaching experience, but the team believes he is the right man for the job.
The 40-year-old Kidd will coach his first game on Sunday, when the Nets open their Summer League schedule against the Detroit Pistons in Orlando. Head coaches don’t normally coach in the Summer League, but Kidd is in his first year and needs the experience.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN