The Nets hired Jason Kidd as a rookie head coach this summer less than 10 days after his retirement from a Hall of Fame career that lasted 19 seasons.

Brooklyn’s front office wasn’t exactly camped out on Kidd’s doorstep however waiting to pounce once he technically became available. No it was Kidd who reached out through his agent to Nets’ brass to see if there might be an opportunity and initially there wasn’t.

Nets GM Billy King speaking during the TNT telecast to David Aldridge during Brooklyn’s preseason win over the Heat on Thursday explained the details of how it all went down and revealed some of the qualities in Kidd that impressed him enough to give the first-time head coach a shot.