What We Learned From Jason Kidd's Introduction As Brooklyn Nets Coach
His introductory press conference was revealing, as he divulged what direction he planned to take the team in.
First, he conceded that he was just as surprised as everyone else that the Nets were interested in hiring him.
Kidd said when he first found out the #Nets were interested, he was "surprised."— Rod Boone (@rodboone) June 13, 2013
Patrick Ewing Jr. was surprised as well, or, should I say, pissed?
Kidd offered some justification behind his hire, though, citing his reputation as coach amongst players, then in the same breath admitting that he now wants Deron Williams to be that guy:
Jason Kidd: "When I played the game I felt like I was an extension of the coach. Now I look for Deron to be that guy." #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) June 13, 2013
Having already developed a reputation as a coach killer, Williams is already being held to a higher bar by his new coach, former Olympics teammate and well-known friend. But Kidd has faith him. He apparently even sees himself in Deron.
Kidd: "I saw myself" in Deron Williams.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 13, 2013
I don't see it, but whatever.
Before Kidd attempts to groom Williams to be, well, Jason Kidd 2.0, he's going to need to assemble a staff. He's already intrigued by the recently dismissed Lawrence Frank, who also coached him during his time with the Nets.
Kidd: "we've had discussions about the staff." Says Lawrence Frank would be a great candidate but nothing official.— devin kharpertian (@uuords) June 13, 2013
Talk about your unforeseen student-becoming-the-teacher stories. The screenplay writes itself.
After putting together a group of assistants, Kidd plans to focus on the team's defense.
While defense supposedly does win championships, it wasn't necessarily Brooklyn's prevention methods that got them ousted in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The Nets actually ranked sixth in points allowed (95.1) on the year. Offense proved to be more of a pressing concern.
Citizens of Brooklyn needn't worry, though, because Kidd plans to address the offensive stagnancy as well, implementing a more up-tempo style of play.
Kidd says structure is very important, wants team to play hard, play defense and play an uptempo style on offense #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) June 13, 2013
Somewhere, Joe Johnson is sobbing as he buries his Iso-Joe playbook six feet under in the rain.
Those tears better dry up quick though, because Kidd plans on finagling with Johnson's style of play even further, shifting him to small forward:
Billy King said he and Jason Kidd talked about getting even more out of Brook and maybe using Joe more at small forward.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) June 13, 2013
Small ball appears to be coming to Brooklyn, and it's bringing more of Marshon Brooks with it, which is awesome.
Johnson won't be the only one who is forced to play slightly out of position. Kidd plans to uproot Gerald Wallace and use him as more of a point forward:
Kidd mentions Gerald Wallace as being a point-forward. Continues to emphasize fast-break and pushing the pace. The one specific he's given.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 13, 2013
Let's hope he takes the news better than Carmelo Anthony did during his short time under Mike D'Antoni.
Never mind the potential conflicts that will arise during Kidd's attempts to employ a fast-paced offense using a roster that is built for half-court sets. He has high hopes for this team, similar to expecations for Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs.
Jason Kidd says he wants the Nets to be like the Spurs and win 50 games for 12, 13 years and on regular basis. Nets have done so once ever.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 13, 2013
Dream big, Jason. Just hope you don't wake up to see your visions of grandeur have become a living nightmare.
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