HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

December 27, 2013 Updates

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

December 26, 2013 Updates

Following the Brooklyn Nets' embarrassing 95-78 Christmas Day loss to the Chicago Bulls, an exasperated Jason Kidd called his players out in the locker room, according to multiple league sources. Tired and upset with a lack of effort, Kidd's outburst came after the Nets dropped their fourth straight game, sources say. The first-year head coach said Monday after a 103-86 loss to Indiana that the Nets were becoming too comfortable with losing. ESPN.com

The frustration is mounting. According to league sources, after Kidd yelled at the team on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett stood up and vented his frustration before walking out to the showers. Multiple sources stressed Garnett backs Kidd and that the veteran's frustration has been building over some of his teammates' lack of fight after the Nets lost by 17 points for the second straight game. ESPN.com

December 25, 2013 Updates

Following the Brooklyn Nets' embarrassing 95-78 Christmas Day loss to the Chicago Bulls, an exasperated Jason Kidd called his players out in the team locker room afterward, according to multiple league sources. Tired and upset with a lack of effort, Kidd's outburst came after the Nets dropped their fourth straight game, sources say. The first-year head coach said on Monday after a 103-86 loss to Indiana that the Nets were becoming too comfortable with losing. ESPN.com

"I think again, it's easy, it's simple," Kidd told reporters after Wednesday's rout. "When we don't put the ball in the basket or we miss shots that are makeable, it translates to our defense of transition for us where we'll give up a layup and then that turns into another layup for the opposing team. ... That is the carryover of missing shots and not giving the effort. The bottom line is effort and we're not doing that right now." "At the end of the day, the coach can only hold you responsible for energy and effort," Kidd later added. "If you're not giving it, I have to take you out. If you're missing shots, that's just part of the game. But if you're not giving energy or effort, I've got to take you out." ESPN.com

December 24, 2013 Updates

In their first game since Lopez was lost for the year with a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the Nets were blasted off their home floor by the Eastern Conference leading Pacers, 103-86, in front of a sellout crowd of 17,732 inside Barclays Center. “It’s getting very close to just accepting losing,” coach Jason Kidd said after a lengthy delay in appearing for his postgame press conference. “We’re kind of getting comfortable with losing. We’ve got to make a stand with that, because when things get tough do we just give in? Most of the time right now, we do.” New York Post

December 17, 2013 Updates

Sometimes less is more, and simpler is better. At least, that’s the case with the Nets’ scaled-back schemes that — at least appear to have — helped spark their recent resurgence. “I’ve simplified it,’’ said rookie head coach Jason Kidd. “That’s as good as it gets, when you simplify things and guys have bought in and guys are doing it at a high level right now.’’ New York Post

Plugged-in sources have said for weeks that Kidd has maintained the support of his Russian bosses throughout Brooklyn's own early nightmare, given that Kidd is making the virtually unprecedented jump straight from player to head coach and with too many injuries during the season's opening quarter to judge him fairly anyway. ESPN.com

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December 12, 2013 Updates

Your trusted friend and first assistant coach -- whose head-coaching career you essentially jump-started and whose unprecedented six-year, $6 million contract was all your doing -- started undermining you within weeks, according to sources. It was so bad that sources say you wanted to get rid of him before Game 1. Other sources say Lawrence Frank was merely doing what you hired him to do: be the de facto head coach. ESPN.com

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