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Jason Kidd named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for second time this season

Apr 1, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

Nets Wizards Basketball AP

NEW YORK — Jason Kidd was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for games played in March, the second time he’s taken home that honor in what’s been a bit of a crazy season.

As the Nets got off to a tough start, so did Kidd’s tenure as a first-year head coach. There were rumblings early on that he could be in danger of being replaced, as the team with the highest payroll in NBA history began the year underachieving essentially as much as possible.

Add in the season-ending injury to Brook Lopez, and Kidd had his hands fuller than perhaps anyone could have expected.

But the Nets have turned things around substantially since Jan. 1, and even with the recent injury to Kevin Garnett, the team has managed to keep winning, posting a 12-4 record in March that was good for the best in the Conference.

Kidd downplayed the achievement before Brooklyn faced the Rockets on Tuesday, preferring to give the credit to his players instead.

“I think it’s not just the coach award, it’s the way the guys are playing,” he said. “And the guys are playing great. My job is to stay out of their way.”

Kidd became the first coach in Nets history to win the award twice in the same season, but he claimed that “records are made to be broken,” and also revealed that most of the accomplishments he’s earned throughout his career don’t ultimately mean all that much.

“The only one that I really treasure is the Olympic gold medal that I have,” he said. “Representing my country and winning a championship. Those are the only ones that I really recognize. Anything else is just part of the game. Coach of the Month is great, but it’s about those guys in that locker room.”

“It’s a great honor for those guys,” Kidd said. “Unfortunately, they just put the coach’s name on it.”

  1. chesschum - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Good for you, Jason. I haven’t been very impressed with him as a coach, but I’m willing to be won over if he keeps up this approach and his team keeps playing like they have the past three months.

  2. kanemoney - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    They play in the Eastern Conference, he has a roster loaded with talent, and they have a worse record than ALL of the playoff teams in the Western Conference.

    Clearly Pop is the coach of the month.

    • adoombray - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      its funny because everyone talks about how much of a trainwreck the Minnesota season has been, but the Nets are all of 3 games better. Jason Kidd is such a terrible coach. I don’t care about how Kirilenko signed for next to nothing on the Nets, the real story I wanna know is, how did Jason Kidd manage to talk himself into this job where he didn’t even have to relocate to stay in the league with his drinking buddies.

  3. therealhtj - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Not bad for a dude who was about to be Mike Brown’d a couple months ago.

  4. 00maltliquor - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    So the NBA Finals championship meant nothing to you Jason?? Then what are you even doing in any facet of the game still?

    • thesixersbench - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      He referenced his NBA title – reading comprehension is tough, huh?

      “Representing my country and winning a championship”

      Nobody refers to a gold medal as a ‘championship’ – mainly because it isn’t.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        I completely overlooked that line and got b slapped by the D-League bench of the Sixers. Not a good way to start my day…..

      • thesixersbench - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Hahaha….at least you recovered strong, malt.

  5. worldfnchampions08 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Kanemoney, do you realize Kidd is EASTERN Conference coach of the month, therefore not competing with Pop for coach of the month

    c’monnnn man!

  6. purplehaze1127 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    April Fool’s.

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