Jason Kidd, who recently announced his retirement as a player, is pushing to become the Brooklyn Nets head coach next season, Yahoo! Sports reported.
According to the report, top officials of the Nets organization are taking Kidd's candidacy seriously.
Kidd has already done his homework by identifying a staff of assistant coaches who could help him overcome his lack of head coaching experience.
Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw is seen as the top candidate for the Nets job, but the Clippers and Nuggets have also shown interest in Shaw.
Mark Jackson had never been a coach before he was named the Golden State Warriors' head coach, and Jackson has helped turn the Warriors around in his second season.
---Veteran NBA referee Joey Crawford will work an NBA Finals involving the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night for the first time since he ejected center Tim Duncan for laughing on the bench during a regular-season game in 2007.
After Crawford ejected Duncan from the game in 2007, he was suspended for the remainder of the regular season that year and also the postseason for improper conduct and inappropriate comments toward Duncan.
--The Denver Nuggets have received permission to speak to Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins as they try to fill their vacant head coaching position, the Denver Post reported.
The Los Angeles Clippers reported have interest in both Shaw and Hollins, and the Nets are reportedly targeting Shaw.
---Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups was named the winner of the inaugural Twyman-Stokes Award for Best NBA teammate.