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Nets Introduce Kidd as Coach

New York — After playing in the NBA for 19 years, Jason Kidd is nervous about being a rookie coach.

Kidd was introduced yesterday as the new coach of the Brooklyn Nets, less than 24 hours after he was hired by the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success.

“Yes, I have a lot to learn about coaching,” Kidd said, but when he was playing as a point guard, “I felt like I was an extension of the coach.”

Kidd, who succeeds P.J. Carlesimo, said his message to players will be simple: “You’ve got to play hard, you’ve got to play defense and we’re going to grow together.”

Kidd also has a court date next week on Long Island stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last year. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DWI and is due in Southampton Town Court on June 20, according to the Suffolk County prosecutors’ office.

Pistons Hire Coach

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Nearly two months after Lawrence Frank was fired, the Detroit Pistons introduced their new coach — Maurice Cheeks.

The search took awhile because the Pistons have been mediocre for a few years and need this decision to work.

Cheeks becomes the franchise’s fourth coach in six seasons — following Frank, John Kuester and Michael Curry. He is the ninth since the 1999-2000 season.

This is the third head coaching stop for Cheeks. He had a 284-286 record with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.

NFL Football

NFL to Limit Bags

Florham Park, n.j. — Bring yourself to the game. Leave the cooler and backpack at home.

The NFL is tightening stadium security starting this preseason, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game. The restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.

With the exception of medically necessary items, only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches will be allowed. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags also will be OK, as will small clear plastic bags approximately the size of someone’s hand, with or without a handle or strap.

One of those clear bags and a small clutch bag will be allowed per person.

Binoculars, cameras, and smartphones also will be permitted.

Banned items will include purses larger than a clutch bag; coolers; briefcases; backpacks; fanny packs; cinch bags; seat cushions; luggage; computer bags; and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

The league is encouraging fans not to bring any bags to games.