HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

February 18, 2014 Updates

Don't let the tight suit fool you: Jason Kidd can still ball and still has those juices flowing. During another disappointing and injury-riddled season for Deron Williams, Kidd stepped on the court and went head-to-head with the point guard in a spirited exchange at a recent practice, a source told the Daily News. New York Daily News

February 9, 2014 Updates

In 121 minutes this season, the Livingston-Johnson-Pierce-Anderson-Garnett lineup has scored 98.4 points per 100 possessions and allowed 91.5 from opponents, giving them a net efficiency of 6.9. The team's early-season starting lineup, which featured Williams, Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Lopez, had a net efficiency of -4.9, scoring 96.5 points and giving up 101.4 points per 100 possessions. The Nets have also found success in limited minutes playing Williams and Livingston together in the backcourt, with Johnson, Pierce and Garnett up front. In 59 minutes, this lineup is outscoring opponents by a whopping 30.1 points per 100 possessions. Injuries to key players have robbed first-year head coach Jason Kidd of any kind of rotational stability, but as the season has progressed, he's become more adept at using his personnel effectively. USA Today Sports

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The Nets understandably had high praise for Durant, the hottest player in the NBA averaging 37 points in January on 54 percent shooting. ““He’s George Gervin and Dirk all mixed into one,” Kidd said. “He’s 7-feet so he can put the ball on the floor. He’s shown that he can rebound and pass, so he’s the total package.” Williams said Durant is the best scorer in the league. “He’s a 6-11 shooting guard, quick and fast, good in transition. You contest his shot, it doesn’t really effect him. He can post up. He doesn’t have a weakness offensively.” New York Daily News

Williams has come off the bench in five games since returning from treatments to his ankles, averaging 11.2 points and 8.2 assists with the Nets going 4-1. “The second group has been great. We’ll continue to look at it,” Kidd said. “But at some point we’ll have to get him back with that first group.” When Williams returns to the lineup, he’ll likely replace Alan Anderson to give the Nets a Williams-Shaun Livingston backcourt. New York Daily News

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What can you say about team mates, Garnet, for example? Mirza Teletovic: "Superb. Garnett is a winner, a fighter, he is 38 years old and he just works, works – as he has just from the beginning. Williams, if he has no injuries, is the best point guard in the NBA. Pierce ...a relaxed guy, everything is easy, slow, he says that's most important when you play one on one. He uses instinct perfectly, analyzes things. A real professional. Jason Kidd will be one of the best coaches, for sure – the new Gregg Popovich." NetsDaily

January 21, 2014 Updates

King said he has seen Kidd grow as the first-year coach altered the team's offensive and defensive schemes. During an interview on ESPN New York 98.7, King was asked how Kidd has changed since the demotion of Lawrence Frank. "I think Jason is really coming into his own and is getting a feel for it," King said on The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show. "It's just not the fact that Lawrence is not there. I think just Jason has a better understanding of managing the game, managing the team. He's the one voice right now." ESPN.com

“They played to our defense as far as their offensive scheme, knowing our rotations, putting us in vulnerable situations,’’ Chandler said. “[They had us] switching a lot and taking our help guy out of the rotation, which led to a lot of corner 3s.” Johnson feasted, setting up camp in the right corner and he drilled 4 of 8 3-pointers. Asked if Kidd’s familiarity with the Knicks system played a role, Chandler said: “Sure it had a lot to do with it. He and Joe played in Woody’s system and knew how to exploit it. … We were one man short on the rotation. ’’ New York Post

Returning to a surging team following a five-game absence, Williams said he initiated the conversation with Jason Kidd about coming off the bench, explaining that he didn’t want to upset the applecart. “Just because we’ve playing so well with that lineup, why shake things up?” said Williams. “It doesn’t matter if I start, whatever. The way Joe (Johnson) has been playing in the first quarters and the first half, I didn’t want to disrupt that.” New York Daily News

An introspective Williams then revealed he has been dealing with confidence issues amid continuous issues with his ankles. “It has been big (to have support from teammates),” said Williams, who has missed 16 games because of multiple ankle sprains and treatments, posting his worst numbers since his rookie season. “They have had more confidence in me than I’ve had in myself. It’s just frustrating. It has been tough to be out there. To start off the season I wasn’t 100%, not even close. It seemed like I was starting to get my legs under me and get the ankle sprained and then the other ankle sprain and it has kind of been like, injury after injury and I felt like I’m getting my groove back a little bit and I have to go out again. So it’s been tough, sitting out and not getting a rhythm. It has been tough.” New York Daily News

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But even if he wasn't talking publicly, Prokhorov did pick up the phone to call coach Jason Kidd, whose early-season lowlights included a $50,000 fine for stopping a game by intentionally spilling a soda. Given Kidd's inexperience as a coach (he played for the Knicks in London last season) and the Nets' disappointing start, Prokhorov felt it necessary to reassure his employee that a pink slip wasn't forthcoming. "I [told him about a] Russian writer—it's Mikhail Bulgakov—who said, 'Don't read Soviet papers before breakfast,'" Prokhorov said, quoting Bulgakov's "Heart of a Dog." "In other words, I said don't pay any attention [to] what [the media is] writing about you." "I didn't know I had any critics," Kidd joked after the win. "Mikhail is the best. He has a great sense of humor, but he wants to win." Wall Street Journal

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