Jason Kidd Leaves Nets' Summer Game to Take a Call, Which Should Go Over Well
Jason Kidd has seen enough.
The former NBA star is switching gears as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, a job that mandates he take a gander at the team's younger players.
Yahoo! Sports' Kelly Dwyer reports on the posted video that is making the rounds on the Internet, featuring Kidd leaving the court to take a phone call.
Many basketball fans will roll their eyes and possibly cringe as they watch a man fresh on the job skip out to take a call.
It should be noted, per Dwyer, Kidd was not coaching the game that saw the Nets fall behind to the Rockets, 17-2, during Thursday's summer league action.
Sideline duties fell upon assistant coach Eric Hughes, who had his hands full judging by the lopsided score. It must be said that there is no word on who was on the line or whether Kidd was expecting an important call to come in during the game.
Chalk this up to an inopportune moment for a coach trying to garner faith from fans, as well as his new team.
However, you would think the 40-year-old would enjoy soaking up every last minute of on-the-job training being offered this summer. Just as young talent find their way in the summer league, so, too, will the novice coach every time he sets foot on the court.
Not that this was his first misstep, though, as The New York Times' Howard Beck reported earlier in the week on Kidd's first technical as head coach:
Kidd, the Nets’ newly installed coach, did his share of barking Sunday in a 76-67 loss to the Detroit Pistons. He instructed, applauded, cajoled and occasionally smiled. He also received a technical foul, for wandering outside the coaching box late in the fourth quarter. Actually, he wandered way outside — beyond midcourt and into the playing area, where the referee Curtis Blair promptly blew his whistle.
Clearly a rookie move.
Again, this has no bearing on how Kidd or his Nets will fare this season but does show that rookies and other developing players are going to work hard this offseason to make an impact—not to mention get the coach's attention.
Sometimes, you just have to break away to finish your game of Doodle Jump.
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