5 Things Brooklyn Nets Coach Jason Kidd Needs To Figure Out
The presumption by many when it comes to new Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd is that his lack of coaching experience won’t be a hindrance because he’s been handed a truly special roster loaded with All-Star veteran talent that could win even if their coach was a squirrel wearing a little suit and tie.
The part about having a group that’s worthy of saying “Pinch me now” at his disposal is all too spot-on for Kidd.
The part about that collection of players not even needing a coach who knows what he’s doing? Well, that couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Just because Kidd will likely have a lot less work in front of him this upcoming season than Brad Stevens will in his first season with the rebuilding Boston Celtics, doesn’t mean he can just lay back and watch the wins roll in without lifting a finger.
If that were the case, Nets’ brass wouldn’t have spent so long considering such an extensive list of coaching candidates, as they were reported to have done. They would’ve just gone with any coach with previous experience to lead this team.
But they didn’t go that route for a reason. They believe Kidd has what it takes to win right now.
There are certainly a number of things that Kidd will have to address once training camp begins shortly. Some of those things will be specific to certain players, while others will be of great import to the entire team. Here are the five biggest ones.
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Kidd will have to figure out a consistent rotation, specifically when it comes to the bench. He'll have to determine who deserves more playing time between Andrei Kirilenko and Mirza Teletovic, as well as decide between Shaun Livingston and Tyshawn Taylor at the backup point guard position. Kidd will also need to evaluate Mason Plumlee closely and figure out whether or not he can produce if given consistent playing time.
4. Keeping Everyone Happy
There are a bunch of mouths to feed on this team, and Kidd will have to make sure that everyone is satisfied. Sacrifices will certainly have to be made, but it's still crucial that he keeps everyone as involved in the offense as possible.
3. Paul Pierce And Kevin Garnett
Managing the minutes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who are getting up their in age, will be a significant aspect of Kidd's first year as coach.
Preaching defense on a team filled with offensive firepower is essential. Kidd will have to be as defensive minded as he possible.