Jason Kidd is going from running plays to drawing them up.
The Brooklyn Nets hired the veteran point guard who spent last season with the New York Knicks before announcing his retirement with two years remaining on his contract. The Nets are hoping the presence of a former franchise cornerstone can galvanize a team that lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The Nets chose Kidd over Indiana assistant Brian Shaw, who was one of the front-runners and had interviewed for the job Wednesday.
Kidd, whose 12,091 assists rank second on the NBA's all-time list, led the Nets to appearances in the Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03 during his six-plus seasons with the team.
He is expected to surround himself with a veteran cast of assistants, including former NBA head coach Lawrence Frank, as a hedge against the inexperience factor.