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Prokhorov on Kidd hire: It's about 'Top Gun'

Maverick and Goose? Jason Kidd and Mikhail Prokhorov pose for a photo on Thursday. Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports

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?"