Close Article Return to stream X
NBA

Loss To Detroit Pistons Could Cost Jason Kidd His Job

+Read full article

Rick Osentoski-USA Today Sports

If someone told Jason Kidd before the season that the outcome of a game on Nov. 24 could possibly determine whether or not he keeps his job, he probably would’ve taken them for a pure lunatic.

He’d probably assume there’s no way things could go that awry, and frankly, I wouldn’t blame him for that. Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. There’s too much hungry, veteran talent on this roster, and owner Mikhail Prokhorov spent too much money for overwhelming failure to come swooping in like this.

But that’s the type of precarious position the first-year Brooklyn Nets coach has cornered himself into. Of course, nothing’s for certain, but following a 30-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday that dropped his team to a lousy 3-9 mark, it isn’t hard to envision an even bigger head-scratching loss to a 4-8 Detroit Pistons group being the final nail in Kidd’s coffin.

Interestingly enough, however, if Kidd is given the boot Monday or sometime in the near future, that move wouldn’t automatically signal the end to Brooklyn’s season. It should be remembered that Lawrence Frank, who endured considerable success as the franchise’s former head coach back in New Jersey from 2004-10, is currently Kidd’s lead assistant. Unlike Kidd, Frank is proven and has a track record for winning.

But that still wouldn’t take away from the fact that Kidd getting fired would be one of the biggest disappointments in the organization’s history. They took a huge chance on a former player with zero coaching experience, not because they wanted to prove the world wrong, but because they truly believed in his capabilities.

That belief could run out with a loss against the Pistons tomorrow, though.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Thaddeus Young Reject Ilyasova

It wasn't exactly an explosive dunk attempt, but Thaddeus Young still made a nice block of Ersan Ilyasova to save a basket for the Brooklyn Nets.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Caldwell-Pope Emphatically Rejects LeBron

It isn't often we get to see someone completely own LeBron James on the basketball court. However, Detroit Pistons SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got the best of 'King James' on Friday night, as he appeared out of thin air to emphatically reject James' shot from downtown.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Noel Emphatically Posterizes Drummond

With Jahlil Okafor out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons, Nerlens Noel had an opportunity to shine, and he took advantage. Noel makes Andre Drummond look feeble on this play, and that isn't an easy thing to do.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Stan Van Gundy Loses Mind Over Silly Possession

On Wednesday night, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy lost his mind over a meaningless possession against the Boston Celtics, and the entire situation was nothing short of glorious.

Comment 0 Comments