DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki let out a sigh Monday afternoon when asked about the possibilities of former teammate Jason Kidd becoming a head coach in the NBA.
Kidd retired last week following an illustrious 19-year career, which includes being a Dallas Mavericks teammate of Nowitzki from 2008-'12. Kidd is now a serious candidate to become the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
"Jason Kidd as a head coach, it's tough for me, right from player to coach,'' Nowitzki said. "That’s tough, but I think if one guy can do it, it’s him.
"I obviously played with him numerous of years and there’s stuff he came up with every year. (Kidd would say) ‘Hey, why don’t we try this, why we try that.’ ''
Kidd was generally regarded as having one of the highest basketball IQ's in the history of the NBA. How that translate to coaching is anybody's guess.
"He’s got an unbelievable mind for basketball,'' Nowitzki said. "There’s stuff he sees out there it’s almost like a coach already.
"Like I said, that's a tough transition, but if anybody can do it I think it’s him.''
If Kidd lands a head coaching job, Nowitzki is sure he'll be surrounded by assistants who have been around the block a few years.
"Usually what teams do when you have an ex-player that’s coaching is that you get really, really good assistants that’s been around, that has experience, that know what's going on in the game so that at least takes some pressure off the ex-player,'' Nowitzki said. "If he decides to do that, then I'm sure they’re going to get some assistants that have plenty of experience.''
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