HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

April 3, 2014 Updates

Both Kidd and Johnson were hit with technical fouls — Kidd for arguing an out of bounds call early in the second quarter, and Johnson for arguing about a foul call after the halftime buzzer sounded — to add insult to injury on a night the Nets were routed by their crosstown rivals, 110-81. “Frustration,” Kidd said in explaining his first technical foul as a coach, after initially joking it was an “accidental” technical. “I thought the ball went out [off J.R.] Smith. I was wrong. “I pressed it too much, and got [a technical]. No big thing.” New York Post

Johnson’s technical was equally surprising, as it came after the half had ended and he walked over to speak his mind about what he thought should have been a foul call late in the second quarter. “It was just about a call,” he said. “That was it.” Johnson added he got an apology from the referees because he made a mistake on the original call, but said, “It means nothing.” New York Post

April 2, 2014 Updates

In an interview shortly after he was released by the Knicks, World Peace told ESPN New York that his teammates talked often about how much the club misses Jason Kidd this season. "I spoke to a lot of people and a lot of people are saying Jason Kidd was the reason [for the Knicks' poor play this year]," World Peace said in late February. "... I spoke to Tyson about it and Tyson said Jason Kidd used to do a lot of adjustments on the court. So that was an issue that we had this year with Jason Kidd becoming a coach. A lot of times they kept saying, 'We miss that presence of Jason Kidd.'" ESPN.com

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Nets general manager Billy King insisted Kidd “didn’t waiver one bit in his confidence” when a different crisis came daily. It was new territory as Kidd felt his way. Now Kidd is “much more confident in understanding what he wants as a head coach,” King said. New York Post

Through it all, Kidd kept being himself. He worked with what he had. One reason for success is Kidd doing exactly what he did as a player — making others better. “What was so great about Jason as a player was he made the other players on his team better,” former Nets GM Ed Stefanski said. “That’s the best compliment you can get, and I love to see when the head coach gives that confidence to his players. He’s done a helluva job.” Kidd shrugs. And credits his players. “A lot of people question why I don’t call timeout. It’s my players. I’m confident in them. I trust that they’re going to execute,” Kidd said. New York Post

March 24, 2014 Updates

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was asked if Nets coach Jason Kidd, who split Rookie of the Year honors in Dallas in 1995 and in 2011 helped the team win its only championship, eventually will have his jersey retired, like it is in Brooklyn. “I don’t know,” Cuban said before the game. “We’ll see. We’ll find out. I don’t pre-announce.” New York Post

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Although the Knicks narrowly escaped in Philadelphia for their eighth straight victory and crept closer to the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff position, the Nets moved to a game and a half behind first-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division, with the growing possibility of a top-four playoff seeding. It was all enough for Kidd to almost crack a smile. “There was never a panic, like, maybe I should have kept playing,” he said when asked if he had had sleepless nights and second thoughts when the Nets were wallowing in the depths of the conference, along with the Knicks, earlier this season. New York Times

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But in an interview on the Michael Kay Show, centered on the Nets coaching situation, Mike Fratello says don't dismiss Frank's daily reports as a joke. No surprise, he says, Frank is taking the job seriously. Lawrence Frank is not taking his position, from I gather, what I've heard lightly. That's not who he's about. He treats it with a great amount of respect. He knows what his responsibilities are, what his duties are and he sends in IN-DEPTH reports, whether they be pre-game reports going into the game or the post-game write-ups after the game. Maybe we should look it that he's done a pretty good job. It's a team thing. Maybe the part that he's been doing is very good. Whatever happened with Lawrence, Lawrence is still a contributor. He's just not there on the bench every night. NetsDaily

March 1, 2014 Updates

Speaking on ESPN 98.7, the rookie coach sounded almost giddy. Even though his team is only 27-29, the Nets are playing in the Eastern Conference, where .500 is the gold standard. “Our goal is to try to win the Atlantic,” Kidd said. “And we still believe that we can do that. Again, Toronto is playing extremely well and it's not going to be easy but we take one game at a time and if we take care of our business, then maybe we put ourselves in a position to win the Atlantic and that's something that we feel we can do.” Newark Star-Ledger

With 26 games left in the regular season, the Nets trail the first-place Toronto Raptors (32-26) by four games in the Atlantic Division. “I think our experience, not just in the past but the experience we’ve gone through this season — the slow start, we’ve had some lopsided losses, understanding when we do play well and we play together, we trust one another — we can be as good as anyone in this league and really there is no fear factor,” Kidd said. “We feel like we can compete with the top teams in the East. If healthy and if the ball bounces our way, hopefully we can be the last team standing.” Newark Star-Ledger

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