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Jason Kidd says Nets “getting very close to just accepting losing”

Dec 24, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

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First it was Mike D’Antoni lashing out at Lakers fans, then Sacramento’s Mike Malone smacking his team around, now Jason Kidd doing the same with the Nets.

Apparently NBA coaches took the Festivus “Airing of Grievances” part very seriously.

Kidd was frustrated after his team played a close first half then just got blown out in the third quarter by the vastly superior Pacers. After the game Kidd said his team had grown complacent in losing, as reported by

“Well I think it is getting very close to just accepting losing,” Kidd said after his team lost its third straight to drop to 9-18 overall. “We are kind of getting comfortable with losing. And we got to make a stand with that because when things get tough, do we just give in and most of the time right now we do.”

For a competitor like Kidd, that is pretty much the ultimate basketball insult. Deron Williams took it as such.

Told of Kidd’s comment, point guard Deron Williams said, “I’m not. I’m not comfortable losing. It’s not fun. Not only when we’re losing during the game, but when I go home sitting there and thinking about it, it’s not fun.”

The Nets are 9-18 on the season despite having a payroll that with luxury tax is going to run owner Mikhail Prokhorov close to $190 million. That’s an NBA record by a mile. The Nets offense has been isolation heavy and not good, but it is their defense that really does them in — they have the second worst in the league. Plus they are without Brook Lopez — arguably the best offensive center in the game and a key to their defense — for the season due to a broken foot. Kevin Garnett has looked old and Paul Peirce can’t seem to find a comfort zone.

All of which is a lot for a first-year coach to figure out how to turn around midstream.

Getting his guys to put out a consistent effort is a start. But that falls less to the coach and more to the leaders in the locker room, the players need to start holding each other accountable.

  1. cakemixa - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Jason Kidd needs to just accept the fact that he’s not a head coach.

  2. nsstlfan - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I was shocked when I saw Kidd hired as head coach

  3. rodge1 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    But there were Nets’ fans saying they were the best in the East before the season started. Where are they now?… Maybe they’re hiding with the Knicks’ fans that were saying the same.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      No Nets fan was saying they were the best team in the East. Most thought that if they could massage the team into the playoffs healthy they’d have as good a shot as anybody at knocking off the Heat. Well they hadn’t come together at all through 25 games and now they won’t get the chance to.

  4. chiadam - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Wait…you mean spending $190 for the 2002 All-Star team and hiring a coach that has never coached before is a bad plan?


    • kinglorious - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM


    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      To be fair, 190 dollars isn’t all that much

  5. pfic15 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    2007 maybe. Williams wasnt even there yet… all the same.

  6. brotherlove2012 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Another mess of a team. I wonder how they’re gonna get out this hole they’re in, cause they’re ain’t nothing positive about the immediate future for them.

    • 1historian - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      We Celts’ fans are lovingeveryminuteofit

  7. electstat - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Where did Williams take is as the “ultimate basketball insult?” Just another case of a “reporter” putting in what he thought someone else thought.

  8. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I mean, the Celtics front office is perfectly fine with you accepting losing too. It just means they can take a run at trying to get past the 1st round and playoffs to keep the fans interested, AND still get the 1st overall pick. I never really saw Danny Ainge as the genius type.. but this.. this was pretty good.

  9. csbanter - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Getting Asik and Lin from Houston would be great. D Will is good but he’s not leading this team anywhere. Lin in Brooklyn would be Linsanity 2.0.

    • ji8888 - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Nah, get it through that nobody cares about Brooklyn trades.

  10. ji8888 - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Money doesn’t buy you wins. LOL that’s what the nets and their fans get for crowning Brooklyn champions before the season started. Kidd has no voice to coach. He only played great but didn’t speak up. Nets spent all the money and now over the cap with no kind of draft picks. Bahahah

  11. tcclark - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    They need a new coach. With the players they have they shouldn’t be playing isolation basketball. Isolation removes all but one of their star players from the offensive game. I promise you this team would look a lot better with PJ Carlesimo at the helm.

  12. zoomy123 - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Let the 2012 Los Angeles Lakers and the 2013 Brooklyn Nets be an ultimate testament to the fact that cobbling together superstars will NOT automatically lead to wins. The most underrated aspect of basketball is team chemistry. Talent alone doesn’t win championships. The reason why the Miami Big 3 is so lethal is because they are all unselfish. Bosh and D-Wade took a backseat to Lebron James, and Lebron James is about as unselfish as they come. Lebron James is the most dominant superstar we’ve seen since Shaquille O’Neal but I’ve seen games where if D-Wade is hot Lebron will voluntarily take a backseat and feed him the basketball. Kobe Bryant would never do that and the Nets can’t do it. Nobody on the Nets knows how to be a role player, they don’t know how to sacrifice for the TEAM.

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