NEW YORK -- After the introductory news conference for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry on Thursday at Barclays Center, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov talked about his decision to hire first-year coach Jason Kidd.
"It was Jason's idea. He came to us with this idea, and I was the one who signed off on it," Prokhorov said. "There is a logic, and I want to share with this logic why I made this decision. [There are] players in the NBA who display the ability to coach when they're playing -- in terms of leadership, in terms of guiding play and in terms of motivating their players. Jason Kidd was that kind of player.
"Maybe you do remember a film 'Top Gun.' This film just arrived in Russia one week ago. I want to refresh your memory. Tom Cruise plays 'Maverick,' and he was the one who was a top flier and a real leader. And at the end of the day, he made a decision to be instructor because it was the highest value just to be a leader.
"So Jason Kidd is our Top Gun, and he will do his best I'm sure with all his skills to evaluate the whole team."
Said Kidd: "It's been a while since I watched that movie. Does Maverick make it all the way through?"