Winning by committee is a term thrown around a lot in the NBA. It has come to describe a team that lacks one alpha-scorer, but still manages to find success. Nobody knows that better than Jason Kidd. His 2002 and 2003 Nets were one of the most successful of these models. But now, the Nets will ask Kidd to replicate that kind of committee success, this time as their head coach.
The most memorable teams of an era have great head coaches; someone like Phil Jackson or Pat Riley who bring it all to the table: a masterful blend of strategy, motivational techniques, leadership qualities, and experience. But last year we saw Warriors head coach Mark Jackson and his staff -- led by assistant Mike Malone -- make that construct seem antiquated. Jackson led a class of young head coaches -- one that also included Frank Vogel, flanked by Brian Shaw in Indiana -- that succeeded with a committee approach.
That shows us the model can work in today's league, and it will have to for Kidd to find success. For all that he brings to the table as a future Hall of Fame point guard, Kidd has always been one of the more reserved, laid back personality-types in the league; someone that seemed to lead by example rather than emotion. Kidd is far from the typical NBA head coach personality, so I expect he will lean on Lawrence Frank, as well as vets Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, in a way that the NBA probably has never seen.