Jason Kidd’s plan to hire Lawrence Frank has Nets taking him ‘seriously’ as head-coaching candidate


The Nets won 49 games last season. They have excellent players at the two most important positions, Deron Williams at point guard and Brook Lopez at center. Their owner is probably willing to pay top dollar for a coach.

Yet, they’re taking seriously a candidate with absolutely no coaching  – head or assistant – experience.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Maybe Kidd is ready to be a great coach at this very moment, but the Nets are in position where they shouldn’t have to take that chance. They should be able to lure a coach with proven quality track record now, and if Kidd demonstrates competency as an assistant (in Brooklyn or elsewhere), they could always turn to him down the road.

Lawrence Frank, just fired by the Pistons after a rather poor two-year stint in Detroit and owner of a career 279-335 career record, certainly shouldn’t give the Nets much reason to consider Kidd, either. If you’ll hire someone as a head coach only if he has a good enough assistant, that’s probably a sign you shouldn’t hire that person as head coach.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.