After all, the franchise that used to be based in New Jersey now has two former members of the Mavs: Brooklyn’s new head coach Jason Kidd and guard Jason Terry, a.k.a. “JET” the Net. These two past teammates, now coach-player, also were part of my 2011 Tipoff Trio with Dallas’ ever-powerful power forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Following the Mavericks’ championship of the NBA Finals, Cuban made smart, swift post-victory decisions to release veterans Terry, J.J. Barea (now of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who the Mavs already faced twice this 2013-14 season) and Tyson Chandler (now of the New York Knicks, J-Kidd’s last team as a player). This move was to make room for younger players and prevent the team from suffering potential loss of several players due to injury. Had Cuban kept more seasoned injury-prone players, then this would have cost him more in the long run with the luxury tax, like for Nets.
“When you know as you get older, you get stuck… It’s not just that you’re stuck for a week or a half a season, you’re stuck.”
However, Cuban was not thrilled to see “J-Kidd” go. Cubes actually admitted that his feelings were hurt, as he figured that they had established rapport. Perhaps this team owner even expected Kidd to play the rest of his time in the league with Dallas.
Now that J-Kidd has retired as a pro baller, he has not started his coaching career off on the right foot, literally, and it partially has to do with drinking. First, his DWI earned him a suspension from the first two games of the 2013-14 regular season. Then he made a fool out of himself by spilling his drink on the floor to yield a timeout.
The Nets, whose losses exceed the Mavs’ wins by only one, have other disadvantages. As reviewed, they have a poor excuse of a coach (who I had admired as a player). J-Kidd’s leadership definitely is lacking if his players call a meeting without him. Plus, they have lame drama kings, who joined the Nets with JET from the Boston Celtics, chatterbox Kevin Garnett and his crybaby compadre Paul Pierce.