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What We Learned From Jason Kidd's Introduction As Brooklyn Nets Coach

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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2013

Jason Kidd began his tenure as the Brooklyn Nets head coach with a bang.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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.

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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