Who Are the NBA’s Next Players Turned Coaches?

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  • Derek Fisher, Jason Kidd, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson
  • Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs,
  • Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets
  • Chauncey Billups, Sacramento Kings
  • Mike James, Chicago Bulls
  • Ray Allen, Miami Heat
  • Jason Terry, Sacramento Kings, Doc Rivers, Rick Carlisle, Mavericks
  • Andre Miller, Washington Wizards

Who Are the NBA’s Next Players Turned Coaches?

There seems to be a growing trend among NBA teams searching for a head coach — grab veterans, specifically veteran point guards, immediately after their careers end. The fact that they have no prior coaching experience seems to be OK. The Brooklyn Nets employed that strategy last June, naming Jason Kidd their head coach less than a month after the future Hall of Fame guard called it quits. On Tuesday, the New York Knicks formally named Oklahoma City’s veteran point guard Derek Fisher their new head coach just 10 days after the Thunder's season ended. Kidd fared well in his rookie year as a head coach, leading the Nets to a 44-38 record and into the Eastern Conference semifinals. How will Fisher, a five-time NBA champion, do in his first year as a coach? Here, keeping with the trend, BET.com points out eight veteran guards as potential NBA head coaches. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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