Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 1:40 pm  |  32 responses

Struggling Brooklyn Nets Held a Players-Only Meeting

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

At the moment, the Brooklyn Nets are one very bad, very expensive basketball team.

They star-studded Nets are at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, and carry an ugly 3-7 record. The team held a players-only meeting after last night’s 108-98 loss to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

Per the NY Post:

By the time the locker room opened 25 minutes after the game, virtually all of the players had left, or were in the process of leaving. Only Shaun Livingston, Jason Terry and rookie Mason Plumlee bothered to speak to the assembled media in the locker room, and only two players – Joe Johnson and Alan Anderson – spoke about the meeting itself in any kind of extended form. By all indications from both players, it seems like it was a fairly calm meeting, as these go, with no tempers really flaring (like it seems they did for the Cavaliers during a recent players-only meeting). But the tenor of the meeting still doesn’t change that the Nets decided it was a bad enough situation – with the team now at 3-7 after losing five of its last six games – to hold one.

“It was just us amongst ourselves talking,” Johnson said. So what were they talking about? Johnson hinted at the answer when asked if Monday night’s was even more frustrating than recent losses because the Nets had jumped out to a lead after setting a season high for points in a quarter (40 in first quarter) and a half (63 in first half). “Yeah, that’s probably the biggest thing,” Johnson said. “We were riding pretty high and clicking offensively. We weren’t getting a lot of stops, but we had enough to where we had a double-figure lead, and we just blew it all away.” Johnson also said the word “chemistry” four separate times during his interview as he walked out of the arena, an ambiguous term that can mean a million things when it comes to how basketball players are fitting together on the court.

The few players who spoke after the meeting on Monday night hinted that the team is carrying some bad body language — guys get discouraged when shots don’t fall, and forget to play defense. This wasn’t supposed to happen to a squad that added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the offseason.

It’s still very early in the season, and Brooklyn has enough talent and veteran leadership to pull themselves out of this hole. But by the look of things so far, Nets fans have reasons to be concerned.

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  • Philip J

    “We just need to make the playoffs. we’ll beat everyone including the Heat and win the championship” – KG
    “Yeah what he said” – PP
    “I used to be an all star in UTAH” – DW
    “I wont be the new Rik Smits” – BL
    “Hawks still payin me” – JJ
    “I’m moving the team to russia if you dont bring championship” – Prokhorov

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    A veteran scout, interviewed earlier in the day and speaking on the condition of anonymity, called Kidd’s bench comportment “terrible,” observing that the play-calling has fallen mostly to his top assistants, Lawrence Frank and John Welch.

    “He doesn’t do anything,” said the scout, who has watched the Nets several times. “He doesn’t make calls. John Welch does all the offense. Lawrence does all the defense. … I don’t know what Kidd does. I don’t think you can grade him and say he’s bad. You can give him an incomplete.”

    - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1856538-jason-kidds-competence-quickly-becoming-brooklyn-nets-biggest-question-mark

  • moose

    Excellent idea. A players only meeting never fails to totally turn a season around.

  • shockexchange

    Ha ha.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange hopes Dion Waiters wasn’t invited.

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, it would be only fitting if one of the players led a coup on Jason Kidd, and Lawrence Frank was named to replace him. Then Kidd would know how Byron Scott felt when Kidd undermined him in New Jersey

  • north

    Kidd doesn’t even look like he knows what’s going on most of the time. This team needs a good coach not a figure head.

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  • bike

    I have always had a bad feeling about Kidd becoming a head coach. Especially this quick. Jason was never what I considered to be a great communicator. Sure, he knows the game but why did everyone think he could lead, teach, and instruct anyone?

  • Tarzan Cooper

    both ny teams suck. that is all.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Has there ever been a season with this many players only meetings??? Lockout seasons included!?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    ” players only meeting” are becoming EN VOGUE in the NBA

  • danpowers

    is this really a suprise?

  • BugEyes

    Did you see the televised nets training camp on NBA tv? Kidd didn’t say one word, L. frank was out on the court horsed from coachi.g so much

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i still think he can/will be a good coach if he’s given enough time. he probably feels helpless not being able to actually pass the ball, probably quite the adjustment period for him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i still think he could end up a good coach. just a big change from PG to coach, i understand the theory behind it, but in one season, he has to learn how to affect a game, without being able to touch the ball.

  • LakeShow

    In the first 10 games? Not even close.

  • danpowers

    lol yup. thats why guys normally spend some years as an assistant b4 they become head coaches. basically welch and frank are coaching the nets while being on assistant contracts while kidds job seems to be more of a pr gig than anything else

  • Jerome

    Kidd’s decisions as coach are worse than his decision making after a few ‘spirits’, but it’s not his fault he’s got overrated players at every spot on the floor. KG and Pierce should’ve stayed in Beantown.

  • Jerome

    Livingston as well. He deserves better.

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, when Nets hired Kidd they were looking for “star power” that would put people in the stands.

  • Tobias Fernandez

    It’s still November and obviously Kidd is going to struggle early so it is a learning process.

  • melvo

    I always thought Jason Kidd would make a decent coach, but definitely not right after her retired from playing. He needed to take up a few assistant coaching positions and move up the ranks before he got the head job. The talents there, but it just isn’t working.

  • Paul

    Hey, KG was great in the First quarter of the POR vs brooklyn Game.

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

    lol spot on.

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

    Nets beat Miami so they’re fine

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  • Guest

    Honestly how come players of this much veteran experience are managing themselves?

  • nico

    soooo this was the team supposably ready to win the championship lol kidd aint even coaching that team its frank thats why there garbage, BRING PJ BACK!!!!!

  • danpowers

    well, this kind of star power seems to work perfectly… for the celtics. who wouldve thought that this garnett/pierce for picks trade would double their chances of getting wiggins?

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange initially thought the Celtics had lost their minds for making this trade. At least for now, they are looking rather prescient.

  • danpowers