NBA

Kidd interviews Frank, Rogers for assistant gigs

06/19 6:54 PM

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd said he interviewed Lawrence Frank and Roy Rogers for assistant coaching positions on Tuesday.

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd said he interviewed Lawrence Frank and Roy Rogers for assistant coaching positions on Tuesday.

Kidd said Frank and Rogers are the only two candidates who have been scheduled to interview.

"But we're scheduling some more soon, so we'll hopefully have some guys in place here soon," Kidd said before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 2 of Wednesday night's game between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

Frank coached Kidd when he played for the New Jersey Nets from 2003-08. Rogers served as an assistant under Frank with the Nets from 2008-10 and also was on Frank's staff with the Detroit Pistons.

It's unknown if Frank will elect to join the Nets, because his wife is dealing with an undisclosed illness.

"I've always respected Coach Frank," Kidd said. "He's the reason I've kind of publicly recruited him, because I really need him and want him. I guess I'm kind of that college recruiter right now, because he brings a lot to the table.

"He's had success here, understands the good and bad and, so again, I'm recruiting him to come join my staff."

Kidd said Tim Grgurich isn't among the potential candidates. The Nets reportedly had reached out to Grgurich to gauge his interest in an assistant job.

"Not that I know of," Kidd said. "That wasn't a name on the list. I almost asked who it is, but no ... unless [Nets general manager] Billy King had him on his list, then it wasn't on the list."

Kidd denied reports about having a court appearance Thursday for his pending DWI case, saying, "I don't know where that stuff came from." He told the New York Post that the hearing will take place next month.

Kidd, hired by the Nets on June 3, just 10 days after he announced his retirement as a player, was asked what his first days as a head coach have been like.

"I've been a lot of different places, doing interviews, getting organized," Kidd said. "I've been talking to a lot of people. My phone bill is high right now, but it's for a good cause, so we're just getting organized."

Kidd discussed why he will serve as the head coach of the Nets' summer league team in July.

"It's important because it gets my feet wet to understand what coaches have to go through during a game," he said. "I think the training camp and practices we'll have before heading down to Orlando, they're all pluses because it gives me a head start, and I don't have to wait until September and October to start coaching."

King said he hasn't discussed who will be on the summer league roster.

"Billy will do his job and give me guys to coach," Kidd said. "But you expect some of the young guys that the Nets have drafted, maybe first- and second-year players to be playing."

As for his involvement in the NBA draft, Kidd said, "I'll be very lightly involved. They'll probably ask for my opinion and that's it. I won't be heavily involved."

The Nets hold the 22nd selection in the first round of the June 27 draft at Barclays Center.

Kidd said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that he still has not spoken to owner Mikhail Prokhorov but did meet with Prokhorov aide Dimitri Razumov and King.


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