Starting Five: Frank key on Kidd's staff

When Jason Kidd first began entertaining thoughts of coaching the Nets, he knew immediately who he needed on his staff if he became a head coach: Lawrence Frank.

The first days of training camp have shown exactly why Kidd wanted the former Nets coach on his staff.

The lead assistant ran much of the team’s opening practice of camp when the defense was installed and will be a major part of the team’s success this season as he assists Kidd through his rookie season as head coach.

“If I told you I would probably be shortchanging him,” Kidd said of why he wanted Frank and what makes him important. “He works extremely hard at his craft. He is the reason I wanted him. I’ve seen him up close as a player and I knew what he puts into the game. And as a coach and his knowledge, he is someone I can learn from on a daily basis.”

Frank will certainly be a major asset for Kidd with in-game coaching and devising game plans, not to mention just handling and approaching the daily grind of being a head coach.

Here’s some stories from yesterday in case you missed it:

Kidd assist to Melo: A decade ago, Kidd went through his own free agency and made the monster decision of re-signing with the Nets over San Antonio.

Now as Carmelo Anthony enters a season where his future will be a hot topic of discussion, Kidd took time to tell us what his advice to Melo is if his former Knicks teammate opts out of his contract after the season.

Reunited: Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson played together for half a season in Boston before the Celtics traded Johnson in an effort to try to win the East with more veteran players.

Pierce said he sometimes wondered how things would have been if the Celtics had kept Johnson and the two were able to play together in their prime. Now they’re reunited again with the Nets.

Nets Live!: In only his third day of training camp, Kidd’s coaching was on full display for everyone to see as NBA TV visited Nets camp.

Pool boys: Part of the reason for holding camp at Duke was to get the Nets to bond. Kidd sent his starters to bond in the pool on Wednesday night.

What’s next: The Nets continue training camp at Duke today and tomorrow before returning back to the metropolitan area to prepare for the preseason opener at Washington next week.