There have been a lot of smiles down in Pensacola, Fla., in the past 24 hours. Reggie Evans, who resides there in the offseason, is ecstatic about Jason Kidd becoming the Nets' new head coach, which was formally announced Thursday.
Taking a break from family time with his wife and three kids, Evans shared his opinion of the Kidd hire with ESPNNewYork.com on Friday.
What was your reaction to Jason becoming your team's new coach?
"I was very excited. I feel like it's the beginning of a new era. I feel like it's a whole new movement for the team, and the NBA in general. I think it's great for the NBA. It's almost overwhelming because he's been around so much success in his career -- from New Jersey to Dallas to New York last season. I think it's going to be extraordinary."
How do you think he'll help your game?
"He's going to be beneficial to me and Deron Williams. It will be incredible for Deron to work with Jason because his knowledge is so vast. I'm most excited about the impact that it's going to have on Deron, because Deron's relationships with the other players is very important to the team's success. The relationship of two point guards of that caliber should help our team, because we'll all be able to feed off of them so much more. I'm very excited to continue to work with Deron under that kind of leadership."
What kind of offense do you think Kidd will bring to the team?
"I really don't know, but I think it's going to be a combination of his old New Jersey teams with Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles and Richard Jefferson that went to the Finals [in 2002 and '03], and what he did in Dallas. It's going to be the best of both worlds of those two Finals teams that Jason was on. He gained a lot of knowledge going to the Finals several times and winning a championship [in 2011]."
What qualities that impressed you about Jason as a player do you think will translate to his new position?
"Absolutely everything. He's the package when it comes to the NBA. It's his knowledge, his vision, his leadership, his sheer love of the game, the passion he always exuded as a player throughout his career. There are too many qualities to name. Everything that made him the player and the legend he is, that's going to make him the coach he's going to be."
Any challenges you foresee for a first-time coach like Jason?
"It is a very quick transition and a new type of responsibility. It's a completely new feel, a completely new set of responsibilities. It's just going to be proving that he's ready -- meeting those challenges, meeting those expectations. There is going to be pressure. I think it's a lot of responsibility proving you're ready, but how great is that? Jason has a lot of support behind him. I think it's going to be fun to watch."
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