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Jason Kidd on report he’s losing the locker room: ‘I can’t answer to what you guys make up’

Dec 28, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Jason Kidd is reportedly in danger of losing his job in the middle of his first season as an NBA head coach.

The Nets have had to deal with more than their fair share of injuries to be sure, including the one to Brook Lopez that is expected to sideline him the rest of the season. But between parting ways with his most experienced assistant in Lawrence Frank and trying to change things on the fly with virtually no practice time, the plan, if indeed there is one, doesn’t seem to be working at this time.

Kidd wouldn’t address the latest report following his team’s easy win over the Bucks on Friday, and essentially called it a complete fabrication.

From Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game:

“I just coach and get my guys ready,” Kidd shrugged, flashing a smile at the podium following the team’s 104-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. “I can’t answer to what you guys make up. I’m sorry. I don’t have an answer to that question.”

Players have said the team lacks an identity, and that’s what happens when a rookie head coach working under the pressure of high expectations and a payroll in the neighborhood of $180 million is desperate to achieve results.

It may be true that due to the constant injuries and overall circumstances surrounding this Nets team that Kidd hasn’t gotten the fairest of chances to succeed as a head coach. But if the losing persists over time and the players continue to question the team’s direction, then fair or not, Kidd will be replaced before the season is finished.

  1. ravenswhat - Dec 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    It’s amazing how bad a coach he is. Oh wait, I have heard him try to form a sentence before so it’s not too amazing. His assistants must be baffled he’s still employed.

  2. hehateme1 - Dec 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Well if he didn’t look like pitbull maybe he would have a better outcome. He’s just a party starter.

  3. urodaddy07 - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Still think it’s too early to judge Jason Kidd as a coach. Of course he’s still learning and he isn’t doing a great job at the moment, but for the Nets to fire him knowing that they were rolling the dice hiring him is wrong

    • biasedhomer - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Kidd may eventually turn into a good coach, but this situation is not even close to ideal.
      How in the world do you hire a rookie head coach (who likely has had very little prior coaching opportunities at a professional level) to run a team expected to go deep in the playoffs.
      Now I understand, the Nets core players are washed up, past their prime and/or injury prone, but they themselves are talking about a lack of energy and cohesion, which correlates to poor coaching.

  4. kenken89k - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    bill king is the one who really needs to go, giving away picks, getting old players, putting them way over the luxury tax, hiring a rookie coach, there hands are tie up now

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Prokhorov’s the guy giving “win now” orders. He did promise a ring in 5 years when he took over. Billy King cant be blamed for these moves, no one could see them being this bad.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        Billy King can be blamed for actually giving up a draft pick and swap options in exchange for absorbing Joe Johnson’s monstrosity of a contract. Billy King can be blamed for barely protecting a pick for a player Portland was desperate to give away. Billy King can be blamed for tossing away three picks on aging players, one of whom Boston was days away from cutting. The issue wasn’t the “win now” directive – it was King’s ineffective disposal of his assets in pursuit of that directive.

    • biasedhomer - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      King did what the owner (and the Nets fans) wanted. Of course, the players he acquired were poor choices, but it ultimately falls on Prokorov hiring King and wanting to go all in.

    • muhangis - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:00 AM

      In all sincerity, a GM”s only job is to make sure that his team looks good on paper. The rest is up to coaching and the player’s will.

      Billy King did his job, it’s up to the rest to do theirs.

  5. 00maltliquor - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I just know someday J Kidd could be a fine head coach, but jumping straight from playing to coaching a star/former star-studded team of vets had potential disaster written all over it. He really shot himself in the foot without getting the proper training as an assistant first for a few years.

    I really don’t know if it’s him or the team, but it’s probably somewhere in between the middle. I just thought coming into the season this team was going to be a contender even with the new coach and the new (old) pieces. They were supposed to be competing with the Knickerbockers for NY title contenders, now they’re competing with each other to see who will be the worst in the East it seems.

  6. csbanter - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Firing Kidd doesn’t make sense this season. Prokorov is not Mark Cuban. It appears the Nets are just a “toy”for him. This is what makes Cuban a great owner. He not only spends money on trying to improve his team, but his passion for the game and his team is real. Prokorov is not going to lose sleep if this season goes belly up.

  7. ocgunslinger - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Net management had to know that Kidd would be a project as well as any unproven player and deserves a good opportunity to grow into the job. That being said at some point one has to address the train wreck taking place, acknowledge the management judgment errors, injuries, long term goals or cut bait and fire him.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Kidd walked into this thinking it would be what Doc had in Boston, ‘Manage minutes because we know we are going to playoffs’. Turns out he had to coach, ruh roh.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM


  9. leahcima1 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Doesn’t Kidd have the rep as a coach killer and this is just “what goes around comes around”? Just asking.

  10. mvp43 - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Kidd may make a good coach down the road, but the owner should be held accountable for this fiasco. He threw it all on the table; draft picks, player, money – absolutely everything .. to have a winning team this year- and you hire a rookie coach??? hello ??

    How could someone that rich be so stupid.

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