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Newly retired guard Jason Kidd was hired as the Brooklyn Nets' head coach, the team announced Wednesday night.

The longtime NBA star, who has no coaching experience, was chosen over Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who reportedly underwent a five-hour interview earlier in the day.

However, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov settled on Kidd.

"Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York," Prokhorov said in a statement. "He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason."

Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement: "On behalf of the Nets organization, I am very pleased to welcome Jason Kidd as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Jason is a proven winner and leader with an incredible wealth of basketball knowledge and experience. This will be a natural transition for him to move into the role of head coach, as he embodies the tough, smart and team-first mentality that we are trying to establish in Brooklyn."

Kidd convinced Nets' ownership and management that assistant coach Lawrence Frank, who previously served as head coach of both the Nets and Detroit Pistons, will be a strong presence for Kidd to lean on, ESPN.com reported.

Plus, throughout much of his career, Kidd had a reputation of being a player who liked to help other players as a somewhat de facto coach.

It's that reputation that should be a major factor in Kidd helping Nets point guard Deron Williams, who is close friends with his new coach.

The Nets didn't retain interim coach P.J. Carlesimo at the end of this season, although they went 35-19 under him after he took over for Avery Johnson less than one-third of the way into the season.

Kidd received the endorsement of NBA legend Magic Johnson, now an ESPN analyst.

"Do I think Jason Kidd is going to be a great coach? Yes. Would I hire him? In a heartbeat," Johnson said. " "I think he'll do a great job. We have seen Mark Jackson do a wonderful job with Golden State (with no previous coaching experience), and if his heart is into it and if he's willing to put in the work, because what he won't understand, it's going to take more work than it did as a player

Kidd, 40, was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1994-95 after starring for Cal. A 10-time All-Star, he played for the Dallas Mavericks (1994-97, 2007-12), the Phoenix Suns (1997-01), the then-New Jersey Nets (2001-08) and New York Knicks (2012-13). For his career, he averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game.

He reached the NBA Finals twice during his time with the Nets, and he finally won a championship ring with the Mavericks in 2011.
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