Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Player-to-Coach

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Player-to-Coach

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When the Nets named Jason Kidd their head coach this week, less than two weeks after Kidd announced the end of his 19-year playing career, it left few comparable moves from the court to the sideline so quickly. Outside of player-coaches such as Bill Russell, Dave DeBusschere and Dave Cowens, the closest to what Kidd has done is Magic Johnson, who jumped briefly into coaching while still being paid as a player -- before returning to play again.

Mike D'Antoni -- He went right from playing to a head coaching role, but did it in Italy. He didn't land in the NBA until he'd been in other spots for eight years.

Avery Johnson -- Johnson, who was discarded by the Nets last season, served as an assistant for five months before taking over the reins in Dallas.

Mark Jackson -- Jackson, like Kidd, never had to serve as an assistant, but he did spend seven years in broadcasting.

Doc Rivers -- Never an assistant, Rivers served as a broadcaster after ending his career in 1996, taking over the Magic head coaching reins in 1999. …

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