BERKELEY - Former California men's basketball star Jason Kidd has been named the 18th head coach of the Brooklyn Nets after a 19-year career in the NBA that included seven as a player with the Nets.
It is the first head coaching job for Kidd, who announced his retirement from basketball 10 days ago on June 3.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it's a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days," said Kidd in a statement. "Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that's how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career."
Kidd was a 10-time All-Star who led the NBA in assists five times. He completed his standout NBA career second all-time in assists (12,091) and steals (2,684). The guard was also third on the NBA's career three-point field goals (1,988) and minutes played list (500,111). He was a five-time First Team All-NBA selection and was voted to the NBA's all-defensive first or second team nine times. Kidd recorded 107 career triple doubles in his 19 seasons, the second most in NBA history. He averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals in his 19 NBA seasons.
The guard left the game as an NBA champion and an Olympic gold medalist. He won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and a pair of gold medals with Team USA in 2000 and 2008.
As a Net from 2001-08, Kidd captained the team to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game throughout the duration of his career in New Jersey. In Nets all-time NBA history, Kidd currently ranks first in assists (4,620), steals (950), three-point field goals made (813) and triple-doubles 61, second in minutes played (18,737), fourth in points (7,373) and rebounds (3,662), fifth in games played (506) and sixth in field goals made (2,613) and free throws made (1,352).
Kidd was a standout at Cal from 1992-94 where he led the Gold Bears to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. As a freshman, Kidd guided Cal to wins over LSU and two-time defending champion Duke to reach the Sweet 16. He was named the National Freshman of the Year and led the nation with a school-record 110 steals in 1993. Kidd posted a school single-season record 272 assists as a sophomore in 1994.
He was named a First Team All-American as well as the Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming the first sophomore to garner top honor in the conference. He was named the conference's Freshman of the Year in 1993. The standout Golden Bear was finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden national player of the year awards as sophomore. The guard owns the school single-game record with 18 assists in a game against Stanford in 1994. He also shares the school single-game steals mark of eight, recorded in a game against Washington as a freshman in 1993. In just two seasons at Cal, Kidd owns the program's all-time steals record with 204 in his career.
He declared for the NBA Draft following his sophomore season and was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 draft. Kidd averaged 14.9 points, 8.4 assists and 5.9 rebounds in his two seasons in Berkeley. Cal retired Kidd's No. 5 Jersey in 2004. He was also inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor in 1994. Kidd and New Orleans Pelicans standout Ryan Anderson represented the Golden Bears in the NBA this past season.