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Report: Kidd frustrated, calls out Nets; Garnett backs him

Dec 26, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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Shocking news, the Brooklyn Nets have a dysfunctional locker room.

I’m not going to spend a lot of time kicking this dead horse, we’ve done that plenty in these parts, but we have to pass along this report.

After the Bulls thumped the Nets on Christmas Day in front of a national television audience, Jason Kidd unloaded on his team. As he should have. More importantly, Kevin Garnett had his back.

That’s what ESPN reports.

The frustration is mounting. According to league sources, after Kidd yelled at the team on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett stood up and vented his frustration before walking out to the showers. Multiple sources stressed Garnett backs Kidd and that the veteran’s frustration has been building over some of his teammates’ lack of fight after the Nets lost by 17 points for the second straight game.

Sources also said Garnett’s walking out was viewed as him being one of the few Nets to care about the team’s downward spiral.

I imagine KG is frustrated. His play is also part of the problem.

And with no Brook Lopez the rest of this season, and a team that is capped out and without draft picks next summer, good luck fixing it.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Kidd gave away that game. Sat starters for way too long.

  2. cakemixa - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    But they were labeled contenders in July!

    • bjornreyes - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Exactly. Remember when they beat the Heat?

  3. casualcommenter - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Kidd has been calling out the team both publicly and privately for weeks now.
    KG and Pierce and other players have said all the right things to the media about how they understand that the team isn’t very good and everybody needs to play better.

    However, when you watch, you still see the lack of effort, particularly in transition.
    It’s easy to say the right things, but it’s meaningless until these guys change how they play on the court.

    • casualcommenter - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Honestly – I’m a bit of a Laker hater, but it’s hard to not compare the Lakers favorably to the Nets.

      The Lakers, like the Nets, have an expensive roster that relies on older guys staying healthy to be competitive. However, the Lakers’ key players (Nash, Kobe, and Gasol) have been MORE injured than the Nets’ key players, the Lakers play in the brutally difficult Western Conference, and the Lakers have less depth on paper than the Nets, YET the Lakers have been better than the Nets this year. The difference is almost entirely due to effort.

      Yeah, the Nets have lost Brook Lopez, but Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Pierce, and KG are all on the court. This team shouldn’t be so far below 0.500, period.

  4. beach305 - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Dwill, plays like he is going through the motions. Not the same player or just over hyped?

    • theromeo2k - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Not the same player. He was way better than this before he started dealing with ankle injuries.

  5. rodge1 - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Karma is a mofo isn’t it Garnett?… Not a Boston fan at all but I hope they finish higher than the Nets this season.

    • 1historian - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Celts with 2 lottery picks this time.

      • bougin89 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        It’s crazy to think that the east is so bad that if the season ended today the Celtics would have two first round picks but neither would be in the lottery(Hawks and Celtics 1st round picks).

    • adoombray - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      Boston resident here: we’re getting to tank with sub .500 play and still getting the division and we’re better than both New York and Brooklyn. No tears among the Celtic faithful that’s for sure. Pierce is my favorite player ever but they’re gonna be talking about how smart a move it was for Ainge to clean house for decades

  6. 1historian - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Asked his opinion of all this, Celts’ GM Danny Ainge had only this to say: “heh heh.”

  7. rgledz - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    What!? You mean Jason Kidd as a head coach isn’t working out??? No way!

  8. lowtalker - Dec 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    The Russian guy should buy the Knicks and combine the two teams. If you took the best players from each team you would at least have a team that would win half of its games.

    • kinglorious - Dec 27, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      brilliant! lol!

      • money2long - Dec 27, 2013 at 4:01 AM


  9. themayorofboston - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Was KG listening to “I’m the Man” on his Beats as he strode purposefully toward the showers?

  10. jackvcr - Dec 27, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Wife beater Kidd is a punk and a joke of a coach. Deron Williams is a mouth piece who plays when he feels like it and whines all the way to the bank. Celts fleeced the Nets and will indeed end up with two lottery picks. Since the leader of the Great Train Robbery in the UK recently died, the Celts fleecing of the Nets now ranks #1 as the greatest stealing of all time.

  11. reupjosh - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Joe Johnson: 2nd highest player in the league… 8pts Xmas day.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Anyone named Johnson is alright.

  12. redbaronx - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I’m wondering how long Kidd will have a job. He never should have been hired in the first place unless it was as an assistant coach. Really bad decision to give Kidd the the keys to the car without any driving lessons.

    • bougin89 - Dec 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      It was heavily questioned at the time but I thought Kidd could do better than this.

      -way too much isolation play on offense
      -horrible defense
      -horrible energy/effort on a routine basis

      Isn’t that almost all on Kidd?

      • redbaronx - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        @bougin89 – I suspect the issue at the Nets is three issues:

        1) Kidd hasn’t had a single gig as a head coach anywhere, or as an assistant coach for that matter.
        2) The roster was horribly flawed to begin with.
        3) Upper management (the decision makers) made the first two decisions which doesn’t speak well to their ability to evaluate.

        For isolation play to work, you have to have to be able to create mismatches. The problem is that Pierce, Garnett, and Deron Williams aren’t what they used to be. Age and injury are the main problem. I know they like to talk about energy and effort, but I can’t fathom that energy and effort would be a problem for Garnett or Pierce. They don’t lack heart! It’s just that they’re dealing with guys nearly half their age and at some point you knew this would happen. They just can’t keep up!

        Granted they might do better with Brooks Lopez if he wasn’t injured, but honestly I don’t think they would be that much better. Before the season I posted on PBT that I thought they would be a 6 to 8 seed in the East when everyone was penciling them in to compete with the Heat for the top of the East. I think 6 to 8 was fair then WITH Brooks Lopez good to go.

        The other problem is Kidd. If you look at his police blogger, he’s logged a lot of time. Slapping his wife around, DUI’s. He seems like a nice guy on TV, but he also seems like a guy who doesn’t have his life together. That was OK as a player, but as a coach, even if he was the most brilliant mind in the world, managing other people means having their respect. It means you do the right thing and people follow you. I’m not sure Kidd can command that kind of respect.

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