The Brooklyn Nets officially welcomed new head coach Jason Kidd Thursday afternoon at Barclays Center.
The 10-time All-Star played for the Nets for six-and-a-half seasons, and led them to their only two trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
Kidd is first on the team's all-time list in assists, steals, three-point field goals and triple-doubles.
While Kidd has no previous coaching experience, Nets General Manager Billy King called him a proven winner with an incredible wealth of basketball knowledge.
"Does he have a learning curve? Yes," King said. "But I think if you know Jason, he doesn't take something and just say, 'I want to be good at it.' He wants to be great."
Speaking to reporters, Kidd said that despite being a "rookie" coach, he is more than up for the challenge.
"I'm very excited about this challenge. I think here in Brooklyn, we have a special opportunity to achieve that status, and that's to be a championship-type caliber team. And so I'm looking forward to being a part of that and helping with structure," said Kidd. "But again, sharing the things as a player as being unselfish, you know, communicating, and for being tough and hopefully I can get that across to the guys."
Kidd retired earlier this month after spending his 19th and final NBA season with the Knicks.
He won his only title two years ago with the Dallas Mavericks.
"To get the team here to Brooklyn, you talk about a sports place, you couldn't have a better place to put an NBA team," Kidd said. "This is incredible, and I'm just happy to be part of the family."
Kidd takes over for P.J. Carlesimo, who led the Nets to the playoffs last season but was let go after they lost to the Bulls in the first round.
Carlesimo took over last December after Avery Johnson was fired.
"I think it's big," said Nets point guard Deron Williams. "I think it's huge, bringing back one of the best players, arguably the best player to ever play in a Nets uniform, and now have him as your coach."
NY1 spoke to fans outside Barclays Center Thursday and was hard-pressed to find anyone who wasn't happy with the move.
"I think it's going to work out," said one. "He was a big favorite when he was playing and one of the best point guards I ever saw. Hopefully it's going to work out for us longtime Net fans. Overall, I think it's a good thing."
"I love it. I love it. I can't wait," said another. "I was a season ticket holder for the finals runs, and it was the greatest ride ever. So I'm still on for the ride."