“You know that he knows how to play basketball and he knows what it takes, so it surprised me at first, but what better player to make that transition right away to show, ‘I can do this’ by the things that he’s done in his career.’ It’s good for the guys in that situation and learn from a guy like that.”
Miller’s Nuggets teammate Andre Igoudala tried that in a game against Kidd’s team.
“What made you throw that pass?” Igoudala said he once asked Kidd during a game. He said he also picked Kidd’s brain with a few questions when he and Kidd were panelists during a rookie transition program.
“It’s not as crazy to me as people are making it,” Igoudala said of the Nets’ hire. “You’re seeing how the game is changing ... teams are bring in GMs who haven’t played basketball. Analytical guys. Number crunchers. That’s kind of the trend.”