It was admirable of Jason Kidd to take all the blame for the team’s early-season struggles, as that is what coaches should always will do. However, it was as far from the truth as Malibu is from Brooklyn.
“Just bad coaching,” Kidd said of his Brooklyn Nets‘ 108-98 home loss to the surging Portland Trailblazers on Monday night. No one’s imaginary crystal ball had the Nets starting out 3-7 after a newsworthy offseason. Yet even though the losses have continued to mount under their rookie coach, Kidd isn’t the one that fingers should be pointed at — at least not right now.
Other than all the losing that’s been taking place, the early part of the Nets’ season has not witnessed even an ounce of consistency. Everyone understood it was going to take some time for all these new faces to sync with each other, but injuries to Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Brook Lopez have only delayed the process even further.
Once the health of the roster sees improvement and stability finally sets in, that will be the point where Kidd’s coaching abilities can be fairly judged. Until then, he needs to be given the benefit of the doubt. What Brooklyn’s current struggles boil down to is leadership. Not only are the Nets horrendous on the road, but they also appear to lose their edge once they get out to big leads both at home and away.
And when a team boasts champions like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, leadership should be a given — at least one would think. Kidd may still be learning on the job, but his coaching isn’t to blame.