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Kidd says he is reading Frank’s “reports” as details of Nets coaching mess come public

Dec 11, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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In case you needed a good laugh today — Jason Kidd says he is reading the “reports” that reassigned assistant coach Lawrence Frank is writing.

That’s what he told the New York Post.

“I’ve been reading the reports [Frank is filing], and that’s as far as it’s going.”

Riiiight. Now, if it the reports read like those from this brilliant parody account that many around the league are enjoying, sure Kidd might be reading them. My guess is that is not the case.

On Monday in his must-read weekly column at, David Aldridge added more detail to how the relationship between Kidd and Frank fell apart. It was in part because the intense Frank was asserting himself (as he always has done).

“The assistant’s job is to stand up and call coverages,” an NBA coaching source said last week. “Every time the offense comes down and calls a play, my defensive coach stands up and yells ‘four down!’ or ‘get to the side.’ Jason didn’t like it. He thought Lawrence was coaching the team….”

Kidd tried, gradually at first, to start putting his own imprint on the team. He would be, a member of the organization said last week, direct and honest with players in film sessions, going over things one-on-one with players — “that’s a bad shot, and here’s why. That’s losing basketball, and here’s why,” the source said. He tried to point out that he did know a couple of things about defense based on his career as a player (whether he specifically mentioned his four first-team all-NBA defensive team selections is unknown), and that he had ideas that were different from Frank’s.

But Frank “wouldn’t stop talking,” the second coaching source countered….

The denouement came in the now well-reported blowup Kidd had with Frank, where Kidd, according to a source, told Frank: “Sit the (bleep) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (bleeping) move!”

Jason Kidd has been tweaking the Nets defensive coverages, asking his bigs to be more aggressive showing on the pick-and-roll for example. However, no matter what Kidd (or Frank, or anyone brought in to replace Kidd) does they cannot fix the fact this is an old, slow roster and plodding defenses can be exposed. They have packed the paint this season in part because Kevin Garnett and others can’t stop guys on the perimeter like they used to.

The Nets got Deron Williams back on Tuesday and won because he was aggressive again and making plays, leading the offense. If the Nets can get Williams and Brook Lopez firing on all cylinders, they can get the offense to carry them to the playoffs.

But none of that will have anything to do with Frank’s reports.

  1. chargerdillon - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    “If the Nets can get Williams and Brook Lopez firing on all cylinders, they can get the offense to carry them to the playoffs.”

    So the entire success of the Nets is based on the same 2 players that were there last year and got owned in the first round to a team without a real superstar?

    You’re telling me all the moves they made in the offseason have absolutely no effect in the Nets making a playoff run?

    And better yet, you’re saying all this and WANT TO POINT A FINGER AT JASON KIDD?!

    The coach might be a problem, but he’s clearly not the biggest problem. Start with Billy King.

    • zerole00 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Billy King is the gift that keeps on giving. The Nets are literally shafted for the next couple years with all the picks they traded away.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Thanks by the way.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Billy King is just following Prokhorov’s orders if winning THIS SEASON.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Kidd and King are both in over their heads.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Kidd has ruined his reputation as a coach.

      I really thought high IQ on the court, especially as a point guard, would equate to being a great coach.


      • em11965 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        High IQ on the court doesn’t translate into a great coach–Magic and Isiah are two examples

    • elvisg1993 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      bro, are you dumb? Who is saying that they don’t need pp34 and kg21? Read the article. Dwill and brook lopez have not been playing up to their potential at all this year. And what has that led to? a terrible start to the year. If youre a team like the nets, you need to have your pg and center produce. jj kg and pp all can shoot and are basically 1 on 1
      players when they need to be. But if you dont get dwill and lopez playing well, thats all those 3 may be doing, playing one on one basketball. Dwill is the one who can bring this tram together and lucky enough he has all shooters around. the problem was before these last 3 games is that he hasnt been playing well. So if youre acting as if you know basketball and pull up this huge comment with all these people liking it, Id say y’all are retarded basketball fans.

  2. turybonilla - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I say trade KG to the heat that way KG and Allen can rekindle their love and in the process give the heat a viable big !!!!!

  3. zerole00 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I love how confused Kidd looks in this picture.

    By the way Kurt, do you get paid for the # of clicks or the # of words in your posts because I swear that entire quoted section was Copy/Pasted from the previous Kidd/Frank article.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      We do quote articles from other sources, we link to them and make the quotes clear as not our own. The SportsTalk model is to give people all the NBA news people are talking about, regardless of source.

  4. bigdaddy44 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Just fire Kidd now, so he only destroys this season, not the entire franchise.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Too late. They gave up way too many upcoming first round picks to get the aging Paul Pierce and KG.

      Even if Kidd was the problem (he’s a good portion of it, but not all) and was let go today, the Nets are in a world of hurt for the next 3 to 4 yrs easy.

  5. borderline1988 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    The Nets will get better as the season goes on.

    Garnett and Pierce may be slowing down, but Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson gives them a core that is more talented than any team in the East besides Miami and Indiana. They have been sucking, but this team is simply better than the likes of Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, etc.

    But this isn’t a championship calibre team, and considering how unflexible the cap situation is and how few picks they have, it’s not going to get any better for a long time.

    • kavika6 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      My kid’s high school team has a core that is more talented than any team in the East besides Miami and Indiana.

  6. mogogo1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    “that’s a bad shot, and here’s why. That’s losing basketball, and here’s why,”

    What’s funnier: That this quote is the only real complimentary thing said about Kidd’s coaching, or that the head coach apparently needs to go over simple matters like this in detail with an NBA team?

  7. urodaddy07 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Guys, why don’t we give it a little more time before we make snap judgements. He’s a rookie coach with a bunch of old injured guys. Just give it little more time. Looks pretty bad thus far, but its really too soon to tell if he can coach or not

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