|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM|
I personally believe the Nets made a mistake by hiring Jason Kidd. I don't think this was the best first gig for a rookie coach despite his smarts on the floor as a player. There is so much pressure to win it this year. I don't think this is a three year plan, or even a two year plan. With this team it's this year or bust. Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett are nearing the end, and so far they have shown signs of age this season.
The Nets are in 14th place in the East with a 3-10 record, and riding a 5 game losing streak. The Nets are on pace for a NBA-record payroll around $190 million this season on salaries and luxury taxes. The Nets would have been better off asking Phil Jackson to come out of retirement. The injury's have been an issue with this team to be fair to Kidd, but I still think they needed someone with some experience as a coach.
Among the Nets' initial concerns early in the season, sources confirmed, were some "philosophical differences" between Kidd and lead assistant Lawrence Frank. But sources stressed to ESPN.com that the Nets have been working to smooth out any issues in recent days.
"They're fine," one source said of Kidd and Frank.
Coming into the season, Frank was considered as the ideal complement to Kidd as he learned on the job, similar to the set up in Chicago when first-time head coach Vinny Del Negro was flanked by two veteran head coaches in Del Harris and Bernie Bickerstaff. The New York Daily News, in Friday's editions, first reported an issue between Kidd and Frank; multiple sources with knowledge of the situation have labeled it "friction" to ESPN.com.
Sources say Nets veteran players support Kidd, who has coached in 11 of the Nets' 13 games so far. Kidd opened his first season as a head coach serving a two-game suspension, with assistant coach Joe Prunty moving from behind the bench to serve as the team's interim coach. Frank and fellow bench assistant John Welch respectively remained in their defensive and offensive coordinator-like roles ostensibly for continuity.
The Nets, though, have seen anything but continuity on the floor. The flood of injuries has forced Kidd to use five different starting lineups in the last six games.
Williams (ankle) has missed four games and Lopez (ankle) has sat out the last five. Kirilenko (back) has been sidelined for nine games and Terry (knee) has missed two straight for the Nets. Joe Johnson has been the only Net to start every game this season.
The Nets also have had major problems in the third quarter of games. They were outscored 34-15 by the Pistons in the third Sunday afternoon and are 0-10 this season when they have lost the third quarter. In those 10 third-quarter losses, they have been outscored by 96 points.
And when it happened against the Pistons, Brooklyn heard boos from the home crowd en route to losing for the eighth time in nine games.
"I think everybody in here is embarrassed," an exasperated Garnett said. "You definitely don't want that at home. Like I've been saying, we're going to continue to work to try to change this as best we can."
"Jason just questioned us in the locker room (about the third-quarter woes)," Garnett added. "But it's something we're obviously going to have to address. We've got to be the worst team in the league when it comes to third quarters, just unacceptable. As players we have to be accountable, including myself, and come out and do whatever it is that we got to do and apply it."
KG is logging a little under 23 minutes a game. Is it his fault? Not even close, and Paul Pierce is down in minutes playing 29 a game. Kevin leads this team in rebounds with almost 8 a night. That's more then his last few seasons in Boston. That's when you factor the reduced minutes. I think this team is being hit with the injury bug, a rookie coach, and bad chemistry because of the injuries
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