When the Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd to be their head coach during the summer the main talking points were about how far he would lead the team in the 2014 NBA Playoffs, with many envisioning an NBA Championship victory. Nevermind that Kidd had never spent a day as a coach at any level, was dealt the duty of integrating new acquisitions Jason Terry, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and company, as fans felt there was no way this move could go wrong.
Fast forward to Thursday night’s 113-83 loss to the New York Knicks and there is no doubting that the Nets front office is regretting ever having hired Kidd. Brooklyn now has a dreadful 5-14 record, which places them second worst in the entirety of the woeful Eastern Conference. The team has not been able to establish a real rhythm or style of play at any point in the season, and a majority of their losses have not even been close games.
Some people will try to take this poor start off of Kidd’s shoulders because Williams, Terry, Pierce and center Brook Lopez have all spent time out with injuries, but this excuse ignores all of the head coach’s downfalls. As a guy that is only one year out from playing in the NBA, he has had obvious issues with gaining control over the veteran laden locker room, and it appears that everyone on the team has decided to play their own brand of basketball.
Additionally Kidd has not even been able to control the coaching staff, as assistant coach Lawrence Frank has gone from being hired as a guiding force on the bench to now being relegated to video coordinator because the two do not get along at all. These types of childish antics invariably spread throughout the locker room and set a poor example, which makes it even more difficult to get a hold of the Nets locker room.
With nearly 25 percent of the Nets’ season now done, it appears that Kidd has had long enough to show that he can turn the Nets into a viable playoff team, and he has failed miserably. There is no doubting that owner Mikhail Prokhorov is absolutely livid watching this go on, and it is time that he makes the decision to sack his young coach and bring in a veteran who can get this ship righted before it is too late.