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Jason Kidd leans to Joe Johnson taking last shot for Brooklyn Nets

Joe Johnson NetsThe Brooklyn Nets have a star-filled roster this season, but head coach Jason Kidd believes Joe Johnson might be the team’s closer.

Kidd cited statistics when saying that Johnson might be the guy to get the final shot for the team, though he thinks the most important thing is to make the best basketball play.

“Well, if you’re into analytics, you would look at Joe Johnson as the clear-cut, of the guy taking the last-second shot. He was 9 for 10 with 24 seconds or less, so that would be your guy that could, who’s the closer,” Kidd said Tuesday, per The Brooklyn Game.

“But the game of basketball is something that, you put five guys out there and you draw up a play for your- for one player, most of the time it doesn’t end up being that one guy taking that shot. He creates a problem, which results in one of his teammates getting a wide open look, and make or miss, it’s the right basketball play. So for us, it’s about making the right basketball play at the end. But if you’re looking at stats, which a lot of you guys do, Joe Johnson is the name that comes first.”

In addition to Johnson, the Nets have proven stars like Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. All of those players are talented and have shown over the years that they can deliver at the end of games (some to more of an extent than others).

Maybe the stats are in Johnson’s favor, but I’m not sure he’s a better end-of-game option than Williams or Garnett. My guess is things will change depending on the situation.

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Jay-Z reportedly selling his stake in Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd

Jay-Z-Jason-KiddJason Kidd is the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and spent more than six seasons with the team as a player. Now, he is reportedly taking his investment in the team to the next level.

According to the NY Post’s Page Six, Jay-Z is selling his minority ownership stake in the Nets to Kidd for roughly $500,000. Jay-Z, who has broken into the world of sports agency, owned 1/15th of a percent of the team. The move was reportedly pushed for by the team’s other owners.

“Other owners want to give Jason a part ownership of the team, and urged Jay to sell his shares to him,” a source reportedly told Page Six.

Interestingly enough, the Post also noted that it was Kidd who helped convince Jay-Z to become involved with the Nets in 2003 when Kidd was a star point guard for the then-New Jersey Nets. Now that Roc Nation is looking to represent professional sports stars like Robinson Cano and Kevin Durant — and even a certain college superstar — the relationship between Jay-Z and Kidd has seemingly come full circle.

UPDATE: According to NetsDaily, Jay-Z is selling half of his shares to Kidd and the other half to one of the Nets’s current minority owners.

Jason Kidd confident Jason Collins will find a job, can help someone

Jason CollinsJason Collins is still without a job about two months from the start of the NBA season, but his former teammate Jason Kidd thinks he’ll end up with a team.

Kidd is the current coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and the two were teammates on the Nets for seven seasons from 2001-2008. Kidd values his former teammate and says the franchise even talked about the possibility of signing the free agent center, though they ultimately elected not to.

The Nets currently have a full roster, but Kidd believes Collins has a lot to offer.

“His knowledge as a veteran . . . can help a young team,” Kidd said of Collins, via Newsday. “He’ll find a job at some point.”

In April, Collins became the first male athlete in major professional US sports to announce he is gay. Even before he made his announcement, Collins’ chances of getting a job this season seemed slim. He is 34 and not much more than a big-bodied center who can provide a few minutes of solid defense. He’ll likely only be picked up if a team has an injury and needs someone to fill in.

Jason Kidd takes Scottie Pippen over LeBron James in all-time starting five

Jason KiddAnother day, another NBA legend who would not take LeBron James if he was starting a team with five players. On Friday morning, Jason Kidd appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” to discuss his new head coaching gig with the Brooklyn Nets. Somewhere along the line, he got to discussing who he thinks are the best players in NBA history.

Kidd was asked the same question Patrick asked Karl Malone last week about naming an all-time starting five. He went with John Stockton at point guard, Michael Jordan at the two-guard, Scottie Pippen at small forward, Tim Duncan at power forward and Shaquille O’Neal at center. The decision to choose Pippen seemed to take Kidd the longest, and naturally he was asked about leaving LeBron out.

“Lebron…I mean I could play him at (center),” Kidd responded, before Patrick told him he would take Hakeem Olajuwon over Shaq. “Listen, Hakeem is not bad and I’m leaving LeBron off right now. Those are two Hall of Fame guys and you can easily say they’re the best at their position.”

Given all the Hall of Famers that have played at each position, naming an all-time starting five is impossible to do without leaving some guys out. There were some similarities between Kidd’s starting five and the five choices Malone made, but at least Jason included Jordan.

As far as LeBron and Pippen are concerned, it’s important to remember that James is only 28 years old and could end up winning his second championship within the next week or so. If nothing else, Kidd’s and Malone’s decision to include Pippen shows the level of respect former players have for Scottie as being more than just MJ’s sidekick. Dennis Rodman, on the other hand, may take his argument a bit too far.

Jason Kidd reportedly will be next Brooklyn Nets coach

Jason KiddJason Kidd will be the next basketball coach of the Brookly Nets, according to multiple reports. The team interviewed Brian Shaw for the job on Wednesday but informed him that he will not get the position, per ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Kidd will get a three-year deal with the possibility of a fourth year as an option. The team is expected to hold a press conference this week to announce the news.

The Nets fired Avery Johnson during the season and opted not to bring back interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Kidd, 40, recently announced his retirement as a player and will step right in to coach. He played for the Nets from 2001-2008 and led the franchise to consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

What will be interesting to see is how Kidd works with Deron Williams, whom many blamed for the Johnson firing. At the time, Kidd said Williams’ shooting was the problem, not the team’s offensive system.

Jason Kidd reportedly wants Brooklyn Nets coaching job

Jason KiddJason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA last week, and it looks like he is ready to move on to his next career.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Kidd had let the Brooklyn Nets know that he is interested in their head coaching vacancy. Wojnarowski says the possibility of hiring Kidd has been discussed within the organization.

Kidd played with the Nets organization from 2001-2008, which were some of his peak career years. He helped lead the franchise to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.

Since Kidd does not have head coaching experience, the former point guard reportedly is working to assemble a staff of assistants who could help him.

Kidd has long been considered one of the smartest and savviest players in the game, so a transition to coaching would seem natural. In interviews after announcing his retirement last week, Kidd said he was interested in coaching.

Dirk Nowitzki: Mavericks aren’t as smart on the court without Jason Kidd

Dirk Nowitzki appeared in his first game of the season for the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs, but the result was the same one Dallas has seen for much of the year. Nowitzki’s absence through the first 27 games of the season certainly made life more difficult for the 12-16 Mavs, but the 11-time All-Star said it is the absence of Jason Kidd that has really hurt the team.

“Our basketball IQ obviously went down a little bit with J-Kidd leaving,” Nowitzki said according to ESPNDallas.com. “I think that’s pretty obvious. We don’t make the right play on defense. I don’t think that’s selfishness. Maybe we don’t react quick enough or maybe it’s not natural enough to the guys yet, all the calls, the switching of coverages. You’ve got to pay attention; you’ve got to be smart out there. …

“Offensively, our decision-making has been brutal. We’re averaging 20 (turnovers) a night. It’s impossible to win, especially on the road.”

The Mavericks allowed a season-high 129 points to the Spurs on Sunday, meaning they were pretty much incapable of stopping everything and anything San Antonio threw their way. Dirk should certainly help alleviate some of the team’s struggles when he gets back into the swing of things, but losing a veteran point guard like Kidd is never easy. Dallas was hoping Derek Fisher would help fill the void left by the departure of Kidd, but that didn’t work out.

If the Mavericks are going to contend in the Western Conference this year, they’ll need someone to emerge as their new floor general.