Darting here and there ...

Û It's nothing short of amazing that some 3,000 miles away, the Brooklyn Nets coaching job came down to two East Bay guys, Jason Kidd (St. Joseph Notre Dame High, Alameda) and Brian Shaw (Bishop O'Dowd High, Oakland).

Û No word if Eddie House (Hayward High) and Isaiah Rider (Encinal High, Alameda) were ever in the picture.

Û Mark Jackson definitely deserves an assist on Kidd's hiring. Without Jackson's successful "no coaching experience" trailblazing with the Warriors, the Nets probably don't take the risk.

Û The worst thing about Kidd being hired as Nets coach is that it overshadowed what should have been a lavish retirement announcement.

Û Any argument that Kidd isn't a first-ballot Hall of Famer is ridiculous. He did everything well, and for a guy who supposedly couldn't shoot, he's third all-time in 3-point field goals made behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.

Û Kidd is 50th all-time in career rebounds (8,725) but the highest-ranking guard. For a frame of reference, that's about 600 more rebounds than Chris Webber. He's second all-time in steals and assists behind John Stockton, and third in triple-doubles behind Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.

Û It's also the Basketball Hall of Fame, not the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. Kidd's credentials as a legendary high school star (two state titles), an Olympic gold medalist and a player who led Cal to a Sweet 16 only add to a Springfield resume.


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Û In that 18-inning walk-off win over the New York Yankees, Nate Freiman might have gotten the pie, but last-resort reliever Jesse Chavez (52/3 scoreless, one hit, seven strikeouts) took the cake.

Û Even if you're a Yankees hater, seeing the great Mariano Rivera make his final stroll off the Coliseum diamond in that manner was just a bit sad. Don't think it will hurt his Cooperstown chances, though.

Û That game was so long that Coco Crisp's heel must have healed up since he wound up playing the final innings and had a couple of hits.

Û Bartolo Colon is All-Star worthy, but with Melky Cabrera having won the game's MVP last year, does baseball dare invite Colon?

Û The A's were 21-10 at the Coliseum entering Friday, had won 11 in a row there, and they're still thinking they need a new ballpark?

Û Tough year for pinkie fingers with the Giants. You wouldn't think those things would be so integral to playing baseball, eh?

Û Barry Zito says his home/road splits are just coincidence. Right, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are really just the same person.

Û MLB post-draft thoughts dept.: You never know how these things will turn out, but it's hard to see how the A's can miss with a pitcher named Dakota Freese. Meanwhile, the Giants drafted two more guys named Brandon.

Û How tough a month has it been for the Giants? They even lost their rivalry with the Dodgers to the Diamondbacks. Not just the fight, either. They will be going to Australia together to start next season.

Û You know the NBA season is insufferably long in that the Warriors' season will have been over for a month Monday and the Spurs will still be playing.

Û Boiled down, Jim Harbaugh was effectively saying to Pete Carroll, "What's your drug deal?"

Û Only one person I can think of who might dispute Pro Football Talk's 49ers Mount Rushmore of Montana, Rice, Walsh and Lott. Maybe Eddie DeBartolo?

Û Interesting signing by the New England Patriots this week: Tim Tebow, running back. Unless something happens to Tom Brady, he sure won't be playing quarterback.

Û If nothing else, the Tebow signing was one of the few times we reveled in a Stonewall Belichick news conference. Priceless performance, too.

Û Even if it took three overtimes, one thing was clear after Blackhawks-Bruins Game 1: The Sharks probably wouldn't have stood a chance against either team.

Û Finally, while we know it has to do with the rankings, how does Rafael Nadal ever get seeded third at the French Open? That's like seeding de Gaulle third among famous French generals.

Contact Carl Steward at csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com.