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Report: Nets’ coach Jason Kidd has backing of management

Nov 25, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

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The Brooklyn Nets are a hot mess.

They have key injuries (Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry), they have an offense that devolves into isolation plays that are easy to defend, and they have a defense that is without cohesion (especially when Brook Lopez is out). They have lost five in a row and are now 3-10 after a Sunday loss at home to the Pistons.

All of which has people wondering if rookie coach fresh off the hardwood Jason Kidd is in over his head. Could he get canned?

Right now he has the backing of management, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.com.

But sources told ESPN.com that Kidd continues to have the backing of his bosses with Brooklyn dealing with several injuries and other mitigating factors which have contributed to the poor start….

Among the Nets’ initial concerns early in the season, sources confirmed, were some “philosophical differences” between Kidd and lead assistant Lawrence Frank. But sources stressed to ESPN.com that the Nets have been working to smooth out any issues in recent days.

“They’re fine,” one source said of Kidd and Frank.

Fine? Is fine good enough? In a situation like this Kidd needs a confidant and guys he can trust on this staff, he needs everybody pulling the same way on the rope (Stan Van Gundy talked about this in the PBT Podcast).

While there may be Kidd questions, I think he has to get a pass due to the injuries — this team is simply not the same without Brook Lopez. On either end of the floor (he played good defense this season). They also need a healthy Williams to take charge of the offense and start playing at his All-Star level. Those two have to come back, take charge and revert guys like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett into role players. That is how Brooklyn starts to turn the offense around.

The other factor here — if Nets management decides to let Kidd go, they are admitting their own mistake in hiring an untested coach in a tough situation to begin with. Are they really ready to say they were wrong publically?

Not right now, nor should they. It’s early — as bad as they have been they are just two games out of the eight seed in the East. However, things could change if this downward spiral continues.

  1. legend30 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    New York Nets > Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn has got to go.

    • abchome - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:40 AM

      Yeah, 3-9 > 3-10

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Of course management isn’t going to admit they made a bad choice. The boss is never wrong, especially when it’s obvious he is.

  3. Sport Follower - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    There is key injuries, that’s the problem. A new coach won’t solve this problem.

  4. ravenswhat - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Scouts say kidd is by far the worst coach in the NBA and is clueless when I comes to X’s & O’s. another great player that can’t coach.

  5. jbeagles23 - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    This team was never built to contend. They have no role players. Everyone wants to be the man on that team

  6. onlyavoice - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    In house fighting between Kidd & Frank?
    Neither are qualified to be head coach.
    Is Frank another Wanna-Be Woody (Woodson) who couldn’t land a head coaching job, so he signs as an asst, then turns the players against the head coach so that he can take his job & so called Right The Ship. (Wanna-Be Woody Is Not A Good Coach)
    If Kidd has the feeling that he has to look over his shoulder (he seen what happened in New York) he’ll be making some changes on his staff.
    The Russian likes Kidd, Kidd is the only one who can out drink him.

  7. onlyavoice - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    LMAO,
    Let’s all listen to Stan “The Mouth” Van Gundy, the self proclaimed Elite coach.
    Stan NEVER took responsibility for a loss, it was always the players/team fault & he threw them all
    under the buss publicly. When the team won it was all about himself.
    Notice NEITHER of the Van Gundys have a head coaching job.
    No Contender wants either because of the obvious. Jeff Throws his name into the mix, not the organizations looking to hire.
    These 2 are right where they belong, as commentators, where we can all turn them off. (Can’t stand Kerr & Van Gundy together)

  8. realfootballfan - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    This is a disaster. Who thought this would be a good idea?

    • shanelsweet - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      My guess is that it’s the same folks who thought the Lakers would win last year. Makes me think too many folks are vastly undervaluing the importance of team chemistry in winning.

      • redbaronx - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        @shanelsweet – Agreed. I think too many people undervalue team chemistry in winning or stats. I envy San Antonio and how they keep plugging players into their system and it just keeps working. More franchises would do well to put a higher value on teamwork and fundamentals like SA and Indiana. I’m very frustrated with my team (Wizards). Management just doesn’t seem to get it!

    • redbaronx - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      @realfootballfan – I’m with you on this. There were a lot of guys saying the Nets were going to the Finals before the season began, and I thought they were smoking pot. This team is just too old or unathletic, the head coach too inexperienced, and there were too many questions like whether Deron Williams could return to his Utah form. I think we’ve seen enough at this point to dismiss the idea of them being an elite team.

  9. xli2006 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Brian Shaw was ready, willing, and able to be a head coach for all these teams with vacancies. He had a great reputation with the players, widely respected in the league, and did a great job as an assistant w/ the Pacers and Lakers until finally landing with the Nuggets as a HC.

    Would have been a good fit. A solid young coach who waited his turn and earned a shot. Kidd had no experience, a DUI charge waiting for him as he started, and was being trusted to organize a very mishmash collection of talent, styles of play, vets/youth. The comments that came out recently said “Kidd doesn’t do anything” when asked to describe his coaching style.

    Kidd may be able to coach as he gets comfortable, but this wasn’t the best fit. Either Shaw or lure a top College name would have been ideal.

  10. dinofrank60 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Maybe Frank thinks that he is the true Nets coach, so JKidd, put in a tough spot, needs to watch his back.

  11. freddysanford - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Please. Jason Kidd should have NEVER been given a head coaching job!!! He’s not leadership material!!! Fire him. Waste of time and money for all involved.

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