Truth factor aside, Jason Kidd might wish he could’ve taken it back, because it just gave Mikhail Prokhorov the ammunition he needs to fire him with no questions asked.
“That’s a very good question,” the Brooklyn Nets coach responded when asked why he hasn’t effectively gotten his message across to free-falling team. “Because we’ve written on the board. We’ve talked about it. The coaches have talked about it. As players, at some point they have to accept it, and maybe our message isn’t clear enough.”
With the exception of Tyshawn Taylor, Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic, the Nets are composed of nothing but veteran players. Veteran players who exuded all the confidence in the world upon Kidd’s hiring because of the respect they all shared for him during his playing days. Veteran players who acknowledged it would be far from easy, but said they were willing to buy into any philosophy it would take to win a championship this season. Veteran players who never thought they’d be taking a 30-point lashing from a 7-6 team the way they did Friday night in Minnesota.
And yet, here they are 12 games into the young season, and what do they have to show for it? Nothing but three measly wins and question marks concerning both their age and rookie coach’s true abilities endlessly flying about.
The second that ownership notices any hint of a void between the coach and his players, the grumblings about his job security evolved from mere rumors to realistic possibilities. And admitting to the existence of that void instead of brushing it off just gave Kidd even less time to right the ship, probably one or two more awful losses at most.
Prokhorov believed Kidd would be a coaching star when he hired him a few months back, but admitting the players aren’t getting the message would make Prokhorov’s decision to let Kidd go a whole lot easier.