Jason Kidd, who retired from the NBA approximately 19 minutes ago, will be named the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets today. Unofficially, this is the quickest move anyone has made from playing to coaching in NBA history.
Kidd, who beat out Brian Shaw for the job, now has the enviable task of trying to manage coach killer Deron Williams, coax a few more productive years out of aging shooter Joe Johnson, toughen a soft front line that was dominated by the Bulls in the first round, and work with a paper thin bench. And the Nets will have almost no flexibility this offseason due to a bloated payroll.
But Nets fans, fear not – according to this interesting study, coaching changes don’t have a significant impact, anyway.
A study published in the International Journal of Sport Finance (full PDF here) – which I conducted with Mike Leeds, Eva Marikova Leeds, and Mike Mondello – found that most NBA coaches across a sample covering 30 years did not have a statistically significant impact on player productivity.
Sounds like you’re stuck in, at best, the 40-50 win range for the next few years, a 4-7 seed in the East, and an early postseason ouster. Hey, it could be worse. You could be the Kings or Bobcats.