Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd isn’t too thrilled about his team’s crummy free-throw shooting this preseason. His answer for it?
Push-ups. Lots of them.
Kidd reportedly held a free-throw shooting drill that would’ve ended Friday’s practice if his team made as many as he hoped. When they were unable to meet his expectations, he finally told them that each miss on any of the final 10 attempts between five selected players would result in five push-ups for everyone.
What does this decision say about Kidd? That he’s too strict? Unfair? Crazy?
The answer is none of the above. In fact, it says quite the opposite. He may only be a rookie when it comes to this whole coaching thing, but Kidd is pretty old school and tough-loving.
Now, does that mean he’s Red Auerbach? Not exactly. But that’s okay.
These may be grown men he’s coaching, but that doesn’t keep him from trying to punish them when their performance is unacceptable. That’s exactly what shooting only about 65 percent from the stripe is for players that are supposed to be the best in the world. Players that have their eyes on winning a championship this upcoming season.
This is certainly something that Kidd should keep going until the overall free-throw shooting percentage is where he and the Nets players want it to be.
Thankfully for Kidd, players like Jason Terry loved the drill.
“This is fun, man,” said Terry. “It’s what it’s all about.
“As you can see at the end, our emphasis is on free-throw making. It’s something we struggled with in the preseason. We’re always trying to get better.”