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Spoke with Deron Williams about the Jason Kidd hire. Let's just say he's excited. Read what he said:
"I think Jay’s going to be a great coach. He’s probably been coaching on the floor for the last five, six years. And I’ve played with him on the Olympic team and seen how smart he is, seen how he was really coaching us out there. He wasn’t starting and wasn’t playing much, but he was coaching. He always had suggestions for Coach K. His basketball IQ is just off the charts and so I think he’s been the leader everywhere he has went, he kind of changed the culture everywhere he went and won. So that’s what we need."
So what about what you and other players said about needing an experienced coach?
"At the time, that was kind of the thought. I think when you look around the league and you see kind of what Shaq said with the recycled coaches, that doesn’t always work either. I think it’s a risk by taking Jay. Nobody knows if he’s going to be a great coach. It’s going to take him a couple years to adjust. But at the same time, he could be a great coach off the bat. It’s a risk, but I think it’s somebody we can grow with. I think it’s somebody we’re definitely going to respect and listen to. And I’m excited about the ways he’s going to help me as a player and a leader."
He was your idol growing up?
"He was my favorite player growing up. So I had a chance to watch him play growing up and try to emulate him when I was playing against him, playing with him. Now I’m being coached by him. It’s funny how things work out."
Are you worried about your friendship interfering with player-coach relationship?
"I think he’s my coach so he’s going to have to yell at me, he’s going to have to let me know when I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do, I don’t take it personal. He’s about winning, and I am too. And that’s all that matters."