Talk of Jason Kidd coaching Nets gains traction
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
FILE - In this July 12, 2012 file photo, Jason Kidd speaks during a news conference at the New York Knicks training facility in Tarrytown, N.Y. The New York Knicks say Kidd has decided to retire from the NBA after 19 seasons. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
MIAMI — Jason Kidd-to-Brooklyn rumors continued to build at the NBA Finals while the Nets are in the middle of a coaching search. Kidd retired as a player after the season, and his name has surfaced for the coaching vacancy, along with George Karl’s.
‘‘If he’s crazy enough to want to be a head coach in the league, I wish him all the best,’’ San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ‘‘But he certainly has the intuitive skills to know what’s going on out there.’’
◆ The NBA announced a new annual award Sunday — the Twyman‑Stokes Teammate of the Year Award — and presented it to Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups. The award represents the story of teammates Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes. Stokes was paralyzed after an on-the-court injury in 1958 while the two played for the Cincinnati Royals, and Twyman took care of Stokes, becoming his legal guardian, until Stokes died in 1970.
‘‘I pride myself in being a good human being and a good teammate, and obviously this is a teammate of the year award,’’ Billups said. ‘‘But I think more importantly, it’s about just being a good person.’’
◆ Before the Bulls worry about getting past the Miami Heat, they’d better turn their attention to their division and getting past the Indiana Pacers. Growing speculation is that free agent-to-be David West will re-sign, meaning the Pacers could be returning fully intact even if they move on without Danny Granger, who was a non-factor this season because of injuries.