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November 21, 2014 Updates
November 20, 2014 Updates

As Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo sat next to assistant coach Darren Erman, a reporter decided to put Rondo on the spot: What’s the smartest thing Erman has ever told you? The question came in a half-joking tone, but Rondo, after finishing practice Thursday afternoon at FedExForum, responded with the utmost praise. “He’s the best guy in the league to me as far as scouting reports,” Rondo said. “I call him Baby Thibodeau. Thibs is the best at it, to me, defensively. He’s the best defensive coach I’ve ever played for. (Erman is) pretty much a miniature Thibodeau.” Booth Newspapers

Despite some requests from the likes of Nets forward Kevin Garnett to remember what Kidd did for the franchise while it was in New Jersey, the die-hards at the Barclays Center greeted the ex-point guard with a loud chorus of boos on Wednesday night before his Bucks emerged victorious in three overtimes. Click on the video above to see the reaction. Newark Star-Ledger

It was a reception that would have been impossible to imagine last season, when the team retired the No. 5 jersey Kidd wore during the greatest career for a Nets player since the franchise joined the NBA. "My teammates, coaches, we did a lot for this franchise," Kidd said before the game. "But it's what-have-you-done-for-us-lately motto. I understand everybody has their opinion. It's business and I work for the Milwaukee Bucks." Boston Herald

Kidd insisted he never tried to go over King's head, and said he didn't want more control. "No. No, I didn't try to promote myself," he said. "Billy's the GM. He put the Brooklyn Nets together, so it is what it is. I didn't try to promote myself. I'm still learning to be a coach. This is my second season. I had a very interesting first year as a coach. I thought it was kind of funny that you guys were marking down how many times I held the clipboard. You do that to [Lionel] Hollins?" Newsday

Kidd denied trying to get himself positioned above general manager Billy King but also said they didn't have much of a relationship. He believes the Nets wanted to fire him in December, when they were en route to a 10-21 start. "I think it really helped me to see what I was dealing with, what type of people I was dealing with, you know?" Kidd said. Boston Herald

He has barely spoken about the terms of his departure and wasn't comfortable having to do it Wednesday. He said he had spoken to some Nets players since he left and was asked about last month's comments from owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who said the team made the trade with the Bucks because: "There is a nice proverb in English: Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you." "I thought it was a great quote. I've heard it before, so was it something new? No," Kidd said. Boston Herald

Irina Pavlova, the President of Onexim and a buffer between Prokhorov and the Nets’ front office, spoke out this week — issuing a statement that said, “Bad-mouthing our former franchise player and Head Coach does not help the current team one iota.” But even as he has forged a Hall of Fame résumé Kidd also has left a path of destruction in his wake, teams angry, coaches’ careers in tatters. He moves on, but as friends? Bergen Record

On Wednesday night, Kidd returned to Brooklyn to face that hostile environment and scored a 122-118 victory for the Bucks in three overtimes. Amid the boos and heckling, the events surrounding Kidd's departure from the Nets have invited scrutiny from league power brokers concerned about how much influence some agents have carved out within franchises, league sources told CBSSports.com. At issue is the role that Kidd's longtime agent during his playing career, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, played in Kidd's attempt to achieve personnel authority with the Nets -- and, when the power play failed, his role in ultimately landing Kidd a handsome raise to supplant a coach, Larry Drew, who had not yet been fired in Milwaukee. CBSSports.com

For years in Europe, people could count upon Blatt to speak out on social issues and politics and the Middle East. Everything's changed for him, and Blatt hasn't come back to the States to tell everyone how he sees the world, how it's all changed. This job's too important, his burden's too big. "I haven't tempered my opinions, but I've lowered my voice," Blatt told Yahoo. "Listen, I work in an organization that has a wide fan base that I have to respect, that I should respect, and a team and a global vision here that doesn't necessarily lend itself to any incendiary or out-of-the-box opinions. And that's OK. "I still express my opinion, but I don't have to do it publicly on the pages of Cavs.com." Yahoo! Sports

Blatt is making $3 million to coach the Cavs this year, way more than they pay in the Adriatic League where he's spent most of the last 20 years. But at times it probably seems like it's not nearly enough. "I don't take all the credit for anything," Blatt said. "I'd like not to take all the blame for everything, but that's part of my job so I have to do that." ESPN.com

November 19, 2014 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Kidd was asked again whether talk he might be fired by the Nets last December contributed to his decision to go to the Bucks last summer. "It really helped me to see what type of people I was dealing with," Kidd said. "But I understand they did want to fire me in December." Twitter @cf_gardner

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