The Brooklyn Nets are a hot mess.
They have key injuries (Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry), they have an offense that devolves into isolation plays that are easy to defend, and they have a defense that is without cohesion (especially when Brook Lopez is out). They have lost five in a row and are now 3-10 after a Sunday loss at home to the Pistons.
All of which has people wondering if rookie coach fresh off the hardwood Jason Kidd is in over his head. Could he get canned?
Right now he has the backing of management, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.com.
But sources told ESPN.com that Kidd continues to have the backing of his bosses with Brooklyn dealing with several injuries and other mitigating factors which have contributed to the poor start….
Among the Nets’ initial concerns early in the season, sources confirmed, were some “philosophical differences” between Kidd and lead assistant Lawrence Frank. But sources stressed to ESPN.com that the Nets have been working to smooth out any issues in recent days.
“They’re fine,” one source said of Kidd and Frank.
Fine? Is fine good enough? In a situation like this Kidd needs a confidant and guys he can trust on this staff, he needs everybody pulling the same way on the rope (Stan Van Gundy talked about this in the PBT Podcast).
While there may be Kidd questions, I think he has to get a pass due to the injuries — this team is simply not the same without Brook Lopez. On either end of the floor (he played good defense this season). They also need a healthy Williams to take charge of the offense and start playing at his All-Star level. Those two have to come back, take charge and revert guys like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett into role players. That is how Brooklyn starts to turn the offense around.
The other factor here — if Nets management decides to let Kidd go, they are admitting their own mistake in hiring an untested coach in a tough situation to begin with. Are they really ready to say they were wrong publically?
Not right now, nor should they. It’s early — as bad as they have been they are just two games out of the eight seed in the East. However, things could change if this downward spiral continues.