When the Brooklyn Nets announced they were hiring Jason Kidd as their new head coach, I, like many, chuckled a bit. Sure, Kidd has done everything he could have wanted to do as a point guard in the NBA. He goes down as one of the greatest of all time, no doubt. But, to give a guy a head coaching gig a week or so after retiring from the game with zero experience? Yikes.
Well, Kidd is in Brooklyn and that is that. Looking ahead to the 2013 season, the Nets have one of the more star-studded rosters in the league that features two new future Hall of Famers in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The former Boston Celtics duo joins Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and of course point guard Deron Williams.
The Nets also added Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko as two more notable signings. With expectations as high as they have been in recent years, the Nets look to compete for a championship right away. There’s no question they have the talent to do so, but will it all come together so quickly?
Kidd definitely has faith in his fearless point guard, Williams, to say the least. He pointed out in a recent piece by ESPN that he wants to change the fact that Williams hasn’t been in the MVP conversation up to this point in his career.
“I think for him it’s a great challenge. He needs to get back into the conversation,” Kidd said. “And as a coach, I think it’s our responsibility to make sure he gets back in the conversation. There’s a lot of great players in this league, so if you can be part of that conversation, you’re doing something right.”
I give Kidd credit for wanting to develop some confidence and chemistry with Williams right away. I really do. But, it seems a bit farfetched. Williams is a phenomenal talent when he wants to be. At other moments, he looks like a completely different player. Inconsistency has kept him from being a truly dominant force in the league recently.
He can shoot the lights out on any given night, but follow that up with one of the more forgettable games you’ll see out of him all season long. I love what Williams brings to the table. Statistically speaking, 2012 was a fantastic year. 19 points and almost eight assists per game is nothing to be shy about. But, to launch himself into the MVP talk, he’ll have to take it up a notch.