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Nets players stick up for coach, say Jason Kidd not the problem

Nov 20, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

There is not one problem with the Brooklyn Nets this season, there are many — injuries, Kevin Garnett looking his age, an offense that devolves quickly into isolations.

However, in the NBA where star players are at a premium and everyone has guaranteed contracts, it is coaches who shoulder the blame. That has already started to happen with Jason Kidd — there are questions about what he is doing and if he is in over his head popping up around the league.

As you had to expect, Nets’ stars Garnett and Paul Pierce have come to Kidd’s defense saying blame us, not the coach, reports the New York Post.

“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,’’ 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.’’

“As competitors, we’re angry. Nobody likes to lose,” 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.’’

They’re right, it’s not all on Kidd, but he is the one likely to take the fall if things do not turn around because you can’t fire players in the NBA.

Kidd was thrown into an almost impossible situation. He was hired straight out of his time as a player, with no coaching experience, to come in and meld six all stars and an older roster into a contender this season. It’s a role Phil Jackson would be hesitant to take, let alone a rookie coach.

That said, expect the Nets to start playing better (expect better energy Wednesday night against Charlotte, to start), it was always going to take them time to get it all put together.

However, if things don’t turn around, it is always the coach that becomes the scapegoat. Fair or not.

  1. chargerdillon - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    What exactly is the problem? The Nets have been losers forever. They upgraded while at the same time downgrading their roster to broken-down past stars who will sell tickets and do little else.

    Business as usual for the Nets. Happy that you decided to stay now Deron?

    • ranfan12 - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Lol I would be if I signed that huge ass deal

  2. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    We didn’t duck the media after starting out 9-8 in 2010.

  3. gquesen - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I knew this wouldn’t work out. It’s surprising that King n’ Prohkorov (or however you spell it) just hired Kidd without at least considering anyone else. KG is done.

  4. benjamincharlesparho - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    He might help them out more if he played instead of coaching.

  5. ialto85 - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Whiskey bottles brand new car oak tree you’re in my way; Did Lynryd Skynard write that song about Jason Kidd?

  6. mackcarrington - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Reports are that Kidd really isn’t doing that much coaching anyway. These players are going to say he is fine because they done want another coach to come in and start cracking a whip on their butts and holding them accountable.

  7. telldatruth - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    This stage is too big for Kidd

  8. lakerade - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    The problem is a team of old vets w varying levels of entitlement. They need a couple scrappers, a couple energy guys to take that role out of the current guys’ hands.

    Still, come playoff time (if they make it) this won’t be as big a problem.

  9. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    They arent a better team,just an older team.There is a reason Boston traded those old men away.

  10. kavika6 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    What a surprise. No report of coach-killer Williams defending his coach.

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