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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  26 responses

Brooklyn Nets Players Not Blaming Coach Jason Kidd for Struggles


The soul-searching Brooklyn Nets have heard the increasingly loud criticisms of first-year head coach Jason Kidd, but they say that they’re still behind their bench boss. (For what it’s worth, Kidd said he was to blame for the Nets’ loss Monday night loss at home to the Blazers.) Per the NY Post: “The Nets (3-7) arguably are the biggest disappointment in the NBA, having dropped five of six, including a Monday loss to Portland that had rookie coach Jason Kidd trying to shoulder the blame. It’s misguided and overly simple; there is far too much blame to go around, and far too much misery as well. ‘Dismal. No one’s happy about how we’re playing. No one likes the current state. But everybody’s willing and committed towards changing it. The way you change it is through work, and that’s what we’re doing,’ Kevin Garnett said. ‘The blame’s on all of us. It’s not just on Jason. You can’t put the [blame] all on him. We’re players who obviously have to be professional, come out here and do our jobs.’ An anonymous scout was quoted in an Internet report saying Kidd ‘doesn’t do anything’ and his bench comportment is ‘terrible,’ an idea with which Pacers executive Donnie Walsh, the former Knicks general manager, vehemently disagreed. ‘Are those the anonymous scouts? Tell them to put their name to it,’ Walsh said Tuesday night at Fordham Prep in The Bronx, where the Catholic school’s new basketball court was named Donnie Walsh Court. ‘I think he’s going to be a good coach. You got my name. Too many gutless guys in this league.’ [...] ‘As competitors, we’re angry. Nobody likes to lose,’ Paul Pierce said. ‘Everybody in this group that we’re here with are very angry. Nobody’s happy about losing. We’ve got to hold everybody accountable: The players, the coaches, this one big group and we’re all in it together, so it’s not only on [Kidd]. It’s on all of us.’”

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  • LLC#12

    If Jason Kidd had got the coaching job in Boston or Phoenix for example, there’d be 0 expectations to win, 0 pressure, and time would be on his side. He’d surely make it through the season.

    Instead, he’s been thrown in at the deep end, on a team with huge expectations, and he would be lucky to make it through the season. His team has MAX a 2 year window, and they’re currently pissing away the first year.
    If you want to win a chip, hiring a first time coach is 100% not the way to do it.
    And to make it worse, The Nets made a big deal about the hiring, retiring his jersey etc, so they would face one of the most awkward firings of all time if they cut him loose soon.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they can’t fire him yet. and it really doesn’t make sense to expect him to be a great coach right out of the gate. i think the worst thing is the unrealistic expectations.

  • underdog

    Not yet.

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, they shouldn’t blame Kidd. However, if things keep going south somebody has got to take the fall and you can’t fire the players.

  • Troop

    Old legs and general lack of athleticism.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Kidd was given a lot of responsibility. It may prove to be too much/too soon, but the season has barely started and the Nets roster is completely revamped. Things like developing chemistry and rhythm take time. While it is easy to pounce on Kidd right now, judgement should be withheld until later in the season, when the typical period of growing pains ought to be over.

  • LLC#12

    I wasn’t expecting him to be great, but that team, with the age of some of their best players, needed a great coach. Kidd isn’t filling that need.

  • bike

    Suit him up. Put him out there as a player-coach for a few. His perspective on play calling was from the top of the key, not on the sidelines.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what great coach would you have hired? realistically.

  • spit hot fiyah

    gilbert arenas disagrees

  • spit hot fiyah

    there aren’t really any around. i think he meant experienced and proven rather than great (correct me if i’m wrong). a firsdt time coach just didn’t make a lot of sense when there is this much urgency

  • LLC#12

    nail on the head. good work spit.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/64249/the-definition-of-insanity-why-its-time-to-move-away-from-retread-nba-head-coaches

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    pretty big misconception to think experience =’s more success.
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    Kidd, like most first time coaches, just needs time to figure it out.

  • Harvey

    Jerry Sloan or Ettore Messina.

  • LLC#12

    I agree he needs time to figure it out, but the team he is on, and the situation they’re in, doesn’t have time to give him. If things don’t improve, he has to go, surely.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    neither of those are realistic.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t see why.
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    you realize the criticism surrounding Kidd is that he’s letting guys with actual coaching experience make decisions don’t you?

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    They’re not firing a part owner

  • Harvey

    Well Messina is already employed with a team. But Jerry still could… of he wanted to that is. But, yeah, I highly doubt Jerry take on that team. Prokorov will fight to get Messina coaching the Nets if he can lure him away from Moscow…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Deron Williams is Brooklyn’s PG….i highly doubt Jerry Sloan is willing to come back for them.
    .
    Maybe in the future they will employ Messina, but it won’t look that good if he picks a Messina while he’s coaching in Russia. It will look like Porkohrov is making the decisions that he really shouldn’t be making, and surely won’t be the type of hire you guys are talking about. Messina has coached NBA basketball exactly …..never. He served as a consultant to Mike Brown on the Lakers..but never as an actual coach. even though he has a ton of experience as a coach, in terms of NBA basketball, he would be a first timer.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Expecting .500 plus ball before Christmas would have been a stretch, no matter the talent. 10 games in and we’re 4 games of the mark. I think they need to force DWil to address his injury now and let Shawn run the show. Deron is pretty much a liability with that ankle and Shawn is more than capable to be a top point guard in the division from what we are seeing. I think another urgent coaching issue is recognizing when effort is needed on the floor vs experience. Furthermore the recognition of players to play up to their strengths within this system, for example when Reggie grabs a board deep under the basket he should always look for shooters, no exception. Paul Pierce tends to dribble into spaces way to early in the shot clock. Blatche needs to operate in the paint and use his superior post skills to get to the line. He’s not putting any pressure on the defense but he thinks he is. Shawn can blow by anyone on the perimeter, doesn’t need that many high screens. And Joe has just been a joy to watch when he starts backing up his defender from an open stance. His footwork combined with his sensory spinmoves are absolutely off the charts. Lopez is the best center in the league and should learn to not give a bleep when he misses or makes a mistake and then look to apologise to the whole building. Very annoying! The rest is mostly just chemistry and will take time, people knowing where to be and when etc etc. We miss AK47 tremendously though. He’s the x- factor.

  • Tobias Fernandez

    It’s still November and it’s been 10 games……

  • lucentum

    George Karl?

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    So does iverson…

  • Caboose

    There’s like 10 different reasons that won’t work.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    There is the anomaly that is GK

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