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Jason Kidd reportedly engaged Deron Williams in ‘spirited exchange’ of basketball skills

Feb 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Jason Kidd, Deron Williams

At this very moment, is Jason Kidd a better basketball player or basketball coach?

I’ll let you write your own punch line.

The first-year Nets coach, who has both improved as the season progressed and stumbled into a small-ball lineup that works for his team, hasn’t stopped playing.

Not completely, at least.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

Don’t let the tight suit fool you: Jason Kidd can still ball and still has those juices flowing.

During another disappointing and injury-riddled season for Deron Williams, Kidd stepped on the court and went head-to-head with the point guard in a spirited exchange at a recent practice, a source told the Daily News.

That’s one way to get through to the underachieving star: challenge him with Hall of Fame skills.

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I’d love to know how that matchup went, but if the Nets have done one thing right this season, it’s keeping the result a secret. If Kidd outplayed Williams, that makes Williams look terrible and furthers the notion Kidd hasn’t transitioned from player to coach.

Not speaking to Williams specifically, I don’t suspect most NBA stars will get motivated by playing their coach in practice. But, hey, maybe this gets Williams going. If it does, Kidd’s stock should soar. For all his other foibles, Kidd is the only active NBA coach with even a chance of competing with his players on the court.

  1. miamiheatles - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Good job, Coach Kidd.

    • adoombray - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      You really shouldn’t call him that, he’s gonna get used to it, and, he really doesn’t have any reason to. If Jason Kidd didn’t have so many friends in the media from his playing days – and he ALWAYS managed the press well – they’d be tearing him apart for how terrible he is. Everyone likes Jason Kidd though. It’s baffling how bullet proof he’s been. The Nets are only playing better because the players are better professionals than their coach ever was. The locker room put their drinking buddy in a suit for the coach and solved their own problems.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Yes, it always surprised me how he was able to have multiple domestic abuse charges and a DUI and yet was still labeled with words like “professional” and “leader”.

      • louderthanwords1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        adoombray – Did you not see the constant almost daily stories in November and December ripping Kidd’s coaching or lack of coaching? And the reports that Kidd could be fired if the team didn’t start to turn the season around? This site had stories seemingly every other day about that and how the firing of Frank made Kidd look bad. Then the calendar rolled to 2014 and the Nets have played much better since so there’s no need to call for the head of a rookie coach who is showing improvement.

      • adoombray - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        @louderthanwords1 : that doesn’t make this kind of puff piece any better. Kidd is now what he was then : a terrible head coach, a pretty shady guy personally, and an exception self promoter. I wasn’t calling for more criticism, i was calling for reality.

      • money2long - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:57 AM

        Kidd is not a self promoter.

  2. sportsfan18 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Williams USED to be good, back in the day…

    It went to his head, that he was one of the very best in the game.

    USED to be a time when people could honestly ask whether Chris Paul or Deron Williams was better…

    That was a while ago now folks.

    Williams got paid and he doesn’t work at his craft the way the Chris Paul’s do etc…

    It’s a shame because he could be one of the elites too…

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I am not a huge fan of Dwill. I always thought was a little overrated. However injuries rob you of your talent. It drains you physically and mentally. Your mind tells you ok you can do this but the body has other ideas…..

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Jason Kidd hasn’t had a great two years, but I’ll never forget his play in the 2011 Finals. He only averaged 8 points & 6 assists for the series but his defense was outstanding. He guarded LeBron James on several key possessions throughout the series. I guess he knew LBJ did not yet feel comfortable in the post so he knew he could stick with him on the baseline and force him to defer. It really messed with LeBron’s head.

  4. campcouch - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    how does Kidd being able to outplay DWill mean he hasn’t moved on from being a player. I loved coaches who could still play. If he could back up what he screamed in practice,I was all for it. And sorry,they traded for the Celts old front court and the Hawks average back court, Red Auerbach couldn’t coach this team any better lol

  5. ranfan12 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    wish there was video of this 😦

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