HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

December 27, 2013 Updates
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

Eastern Conference scout: "First of all, he doesn't have a full complement of players. Secondly, before he was given a head job, he should've been an assistant or learned under somebody or even shown that he really wants to be a coach. I think he was thrown into this. He's J-Kidd, the high-profile type of guy Nets ownership wanted. I don't blame Jason. He has no experience. Hiring him was not a good precedent in the NBA. Brian Shaw just got a shot. Mario Elie and Patrick Ewing haven't gotten their shot. Steve Clifford, Brett Brown, Mike Budenholzer -- they worked for years as assistants before finally becoming head coaches. You have to learn under somebody to learn how to coach in the NBA. I don't think it's his fault. I don't criticize him. It was a big mistake by the Nets to put him in the fire like that." ESPN.com

Eastern Conference scout: "Before Lawrence Frank was let go, Jason was acting like an assistant coach anyway. He motivated, he talked to the players one-on-one, and there was a different assistant coach every timeout drawing up the play. Other guys were doing the coaching. Jason was just the motivator. J-Kidd the motivator would've been excellent as an assistant coach. He's in a tough situation. When I look at the players' faces, I see a real defeatist attitude on their faces. Now when Deron Williams and Brook Lopez come back, they'll go as those guys go. KG and Pierce are old, past their prime. They're role players now. KG's been a warrior. He's a Hall of Famer. He's everything that's good about basketball. He practices hard; he plays with passion. It's sad that people are saying, 'What's wrong with KG?' To go from Doc Rivers to Jason -- that's hard." ESPN.com

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