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.