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Report: Jason Kidd safe as Nets coach until team gets healthy

Dec 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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The Nets are going through an especially rough time right now, and even mentioning as much seems like a gross understatement of the facts.

Brooklyn has lost several of its key players due to injury, including Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry. Head coach Jason Kidd parted ways with assistant Lawrence Frank on Tuesday, and has been trying to make adjustments on the fly ever since — ones that have ultimately hurt the team more than they’ve helped, considering the consecutive home losses that have been suffered, each of which came by in the neighborhood of 30 points.

But despite the blowouts and the dismal performance on the court by the players healthy enough to be out there, Kidd is in no danger of losing his job just yet. The team wants to see what Kidd is able to do with the roster at or near full strength before making any such decision on his future.

From Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:

Kidd isn’t in as much trouble as you’d think. The Nets don’t believe they’ll get an accurate picture of what he can do as a coach until they’ve got their full complement of players. That means the clock isn’t ticking on him until after Deron Williams comes back and starts playing regularly.

And that makes some sense.

Kidd hasn’t done anything from a coaching perspective to lead you to believe he knows what he’s doing in the role to this point, and has refused to use the injuries as an excuse — even though he and Kevin Garnett both mentioned that the team needs to get “whole” after the blowout loss to the Knicks earlier this week.

The reality is that management wants to see what it has in its roster before blaming Kidd for this mess, but one thing is clear: If Deron Williams returns and Brooklyn keeps losing by 20+ points regularly, then the team won’t have any choice but to replace Kidd before the season is finished.

  1. detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    So…. He’ll be fired next year?

  2. davidly - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    That means the clock isn’t ticking on him until after Deron Williams comes back and starts playing regularly.

    So metaphorically he’s, like, walking up the floor, the ball rolling in front of him, and Williams’ return represents picking up the ball as it crosses the half-court line.

  3. sportsnut101 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    They gave him 4 yr deal. Frank got 6yr deal

    Who is running this business I can give dumb contracts out at half the pay of whoever is in charge. Billy king is one

    Lionel hollins was a better choice
    Brian shaw was a better fit

    Let deron Williams get healthy and trade him if u can.
    Joe Johnson is avg but u stuck with him
    Garnett at least it’s one yr
    Paul ugh two yrs sorry net fans
    Jason terry not hurting u when he gets hot jkidd takes him out the game why I don’t know I’m not a genius but if ur bench players are hot I’m not taking none of them out unless they need a rest

  4. rodge1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Thank goodness!

    Every team the Nets play against

  5. ocgunslinger - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    While I like Kidd he has no long term (1+ year) chance to succeed. Getting NBA head coaching experience “on the job” is a blueprint for failure.

  6. jacobk621 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Hit Me !!!!!!!

  7. alit3 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Jason Kidd shouldn’t be the only one being blamed.

    “The real issue, though – the guy people actually should be blaming – is the man who gave Kidd the reins in the first place”

  8. ravenswhat - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    So he’s suddenly going to learn how to coach when they get healthy? He’s a joke.

  9. redbaronx - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    This was a lousy hiring to begin with! Kidd hasn’t coached a day of amateur ball, let along as an NBA head coach. Being a great point guard does not make a great coach automatically!

    Plus if you look into Kidd’s history, he had a lot of question marks about his attitude off the court (wife beatings, scuffles with law), and what do you know? Right off the bat he’s in trouble for a DWI before he even begins his tenure as head coach.

    This just might be the worst HC hiring in NBA history. That doesn’t mean Kidd can’t coach someday, but giving him the keys to the car before he got his driver’s license was a bad idea!

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