HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

January 16, 2014 Updates
January 8, 2014 Updates

But in listening to the Warriors coach staunchly defend Jason Kidd's rookie trials and tribulations, he left little doubt on the role of a background singer compared to the lead who's on stage with the booming voice and holding the mic. Quick, someone cue up a Gladys Knight & the Pips track. "Everybody has to know who's in charge, and that's the head coach," Jackson said last night before the Nets took on Golden State. "He's the guy calling the shots. I've never seen anyone of the Pips try to lead. That's Gladys' role. Let Gladys be Gladys." Newsday

The two have been in contact throughout Kidd's rookie campaign, and Jackson seemed a bit perturbed with how things were portrayed once Kidd "reassigned" top assistant Lawrence Frank strictly to writing daily reports last month because of philosophical differences. "To me, I think too much was made of it," Jackson said. "I think it's clownish. There's no difference of opinions with my staff and I. We give suggestions, some I go with, some I don't. But at the end of the day, it's my decision, and we are united in whichever way we decide to go. If you have a problem with that, then you should not be my assistant coach. " . . . So, I'm just disappointed in the way it was handled, and how much credit is given to a head coach and how much fault is given. Newsday

January 4, 2014 Updates

One former NBA player who now is an assistant coach had this take on Jason Kidd’s disastrous first season as a head coach: “He’s so woefully unprepared, he’s killing my chances of ever becoming a head coach.” New York Daily News

January 3, 2014 Updates

Pounding on a locked door in the hallway adjacent to the visitors' locker room, looking for some solitude to soak in the best win of his young coaching life, Jason Kidd felt a tap on the shoulder from an unlikely well-wisher. "Good job, Coach," Russell Westbrook stopped to tell Kidd on his way out of Chesapeake Energy Arena. "Good job." ESPN.com

January 1, 2014 Updates

"I mean this has looked like a bush league organization much of the year, they don't play with much effort at all, a very uninspired team. But at the same time they had so many people hurt you just don't know. And now they are not they are not going to be healthy all year… "You can do whatever you want with the coaching situation but it is not going to change the situation with their roster. They just don't have a lot of options -- they don't have draft picks, they are way over the salary cap. They are probably in the worst situation of any team in the NBA right now." ESPN.com

Popovich acknowledged Kidd’s misfortunes in his first season at the helm. “He’s had a tough run,” he said. “It would have been tough enough just with all the new players getting used to each other, both personally and basketball wise, let alone all the injuries they’ve had. They’ve had it very, very tough.” Told of Kidd remembering his advice, Popovich said: “It’s tough to do, but that’s the only choice. “Be himself, stay positive; keep on coaching, keep on demanding, be consistent and create that culture. He’s tough enough to do it.” San Antonio Express-News

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One source said everyone in the organization is frustrated, given the team’s situation, and that “winning cures everything.” For their part, the players publicly backed Kidd both before and after the win. Deron Williams was asked Friday morning if the players were still behind Kidd. “I think so,” Williams said. “If we were losing some close games and he was making some bad decisions, that would be one thing, but that’s not the case. New York Post

It certainly has been a tumultuous opening two months of the season for the Nets, even beyond the disastrous 9-19 start for a team that had been tied with the Knicks for 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Last month, there was Kidd’s decision to reassign assistant coach Lawrence Frank. That came just weeks into the first year of six-year deal that was set to pay him a total of $6 million, after Kidd spent the first few days following his hiring this summer pushing Frank to join his staff. Kidd also confirmed to The Post he has had assistant coach Charles Klask — an assistant under Frank the last two seasons in Detroit — swap roles with advance scout Jim Sann, who was an assistant with the Nets under Frank during Kidd’s playing days with the franchise. New York Post

December 27, 2013 Updates

The Nets had tried to be supportive of Kidd, but patience is running low on the belief he can deliver the structure and organization desperately needed. As the Nets have devolved into chaos, Kidd has increasingly isolated himself within the locker room and organization, sources told Yahoo Sports. From management to players, Kidd has shown an inability to manage crisis and keep the respect of his players. Yahoo! Sports

When Deron Williams returned to the lineup, pushing the Brooklyn Nets to four victories in five games, the players publicly marched with the coach on his self-indulged explanation for the sudden success: Lawrence Frank was gone, and Jason Kidd's refurbished defense had been an immense difference. Privately, the Nets understood this idea was complete garbage. The defense hadn't changed much, except it was funny how much better it looked when the franchise star returned and the ball began to go into the basket. Simplified defense, Kidd pushed. One voice. If the coach said so, sure, the players responded to reporters. Whatever. Yahoo! Sports

More than once, sources said, players have stood in the locker room and told Kidd they don't understand their roles, that there's confusion about their principles. When the Nets players keep insisting they don't have a team identity, they're offering code words for Kidd's inability to give them clear structure, organization and vision. Yahoo! Sports

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