I’m actually surprised that Jason Kidd is still the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, even though they “canned” Lawrence Frank last week. From the beginning, this looked like a bad hire. The only “excuse” that you could probably point to, if you’re Kidd, is that you haven’t had a healthy squad. True, so true.
Brooklyn has had to play without several of its key players at various times of the season – Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry are all currently out. Kidd has been, reportedly, trying to make adjustments on the fly, but they don’t seem to be working. They might have even hurt the team more than they’ve helped the team. Yup, that kind of season for the player-turned-coach in less than a year.
Despite the 6-14 start to the season, the drink spilling incident and all the other crap that we’ve seen Kidd and the Nets go through in the early season, it appears that the Nets’ front office is going to continue to give Kidd a pass. Apparently, the Nets want to see what Kidd is able to do with the roster they assembled in the summer at full strength.
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.
Which is, I guess, understandable. The only problem with that plan? Who knows it this team is ever going to be at full strength this season. They’re old and fading fast – even without the injuries.
Good luck trying to save this move, Brooklyn. Sometimes you just have to admit a mistake and hiring Kidd just may have been one of them.