Jason Kidd‘s first season as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets has been a disaster.
Over the last two years, the Nets have stockpiled a roster of high-priced veterans, including Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, with the hope of challenging the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for the Eastern Conference championship.
Instead of contending, Brooklyn has looked more like a lottery team, with injuries, under-performing stars and poor coaching to blame for its 9-18 record.
After his team suffered another double-digit loss on Monday night to the Eastern-leading Pacers, Kidd had some harsh criticism for his players.
Jason Kidd on Nets mentality: "It's getting very close to where we're accepting losing."—
Nick Metallinos (@NickMetallinos) December 24, 2013
Kidd: "When things get tough, do we give in? Most of the time right now we do."—
Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) December 24, 2013
A veteran-laden team such as the Nets would be drastically better with an experienced head coach who knows how to motivate older players and get them to commit on defense, which is the end of the floor that’s causing most of Brooklyn’s problems.
The Nets are allowing opponents to shoot 45 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from the 3-point line, and with assistant coach and defensive wizard Lawrence Frank not on the bench following his demotion earlier in the month, the chances of Brooklyn’s defense improving enough for the team to contend for a championship are extremely slim.
If the Nets are going to have any chance of turning their 2013-14 campaign around, a coaching change needs to be made. Kidd is not ready to lead a veteran team on a championship run.
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