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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Nets turn to just-retired Jason Kidd

06.13.13 at 7:59 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA Finals: Heat at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
Golf: US Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN), 3 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jason Kidd is the new coach of the Nets. (AP)

Former player Jason Kidd will be introduced Thursday as the new coach of the Nets. (AP)

♦ The Nets announced Wednesday night that they have hired Jason Kidd to be their next coach, despite the fact that the just-retired player has no experience on the bench.

Kidd, 40, retired nine days ago after one season with the Knicks, turning down a reported $6 million from New York to continue playing. His deal with the Nets — for whom he starred in the 2000s — is reported to be for three years.

“It’s a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days,” Kidd said in a statement. “Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that’s how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career.”

Said owner Mikhail Prokhorov: “Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York. He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason.”

The hire didn’t sit well with Patrick Ewing Jr., son of the Hall of Fame center who this week was hired to be an associated head coach with the Bobcats after again failing to land a head coaching gig despite nine years as an assistant with the Rockets, Wizards and Magic.

Tweeted Ewing Jr.: For real though I’m mad J Kidd got a head coaching job a year after retiring n my pops been coaching 10 years n barely gets a look.

♦ Fines and suspensions are expected to be announced Thursday for the Diamondbacks and Dodgers for their Tuesday night brawl. The teams played an incident-free game Wednesday night, with Arizona pulling out an 8-6 victory in 12 innings, but there still are some lingering bad feelings.

“I don’t think it ends there,” said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who was ejected.

One player who is likely to be punished is former Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett. Because he is on the Dodgers’ disabled list, he is forbidden to step on the field, which he did during the melee.

The teams have had issues since the 2011 season, when Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw hit Gerardo Parro as payback for Parra admiring a home run too long in a game the previous day. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy, who was in the middle of Tuesday’s battle, twice threw at Kershaw in one at-bat last year.

Arizona has won 17 of the last 21 meetings between the teams.

♦ NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who were critical of the Redskins name because of its offensive nature, claimed that the nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

While acknowledging the feelings about the name are complex and could change, he noted the fans’ pride in the team’s heritage and pointed to polls that support the game.

Owner Daniel Snyder has said he will never change the name.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 13, 1997, the Red Sox played their first interleague regular-season game ever, recording an 8-7 victory over which National League club?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “[I'm] not disappointed in our effort. There’s certain things you’re going to want to fix for next game. But as far as the game is concerned, it was a hard-fought game.” – Bruins coach Claude Julien, after Wednesday’s 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 – Consecutive games in which Jacoby Ellsbury has scored a run, a streak he continued in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” parking lot security guard Guillermo delivers his annual report from the NBA Finals, although he gets no respect from LeBron James.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Mets

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby Freeman was born on this day in 1940.

Read More: Jason Kidd, Patrick Ewing, Roger Goodell, Ronald Belisario