Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
A unique feature of Jason Kidd's quick turnaround from veteran guard to rookie coach is that he can view his Brooklyn Nets from an opponent's perspective.
In comments to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports, Kidd expressed doubt that last year's Nets could come through against high-scoring offenses.
"My experience against Brooklyn was once they got to 88-90 points, they kind of came unplugged, so I want this team to get up and down, but you can't forget about (Brook) Lopez," Kidd said.
Granted, he made that statement before Brooklyn traded for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett—a transaction abetted by Kidd convincing KG to waive his no-trade clause.
Inserting those two vets into the lineup will surely cause Kidd to take his foot off the gas pedal and allow his squad to stick to a half-court attack. On the other hand, the second unit should still be looking to run.
Per Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, the neophyte on the sidelines says he will have no trouble limiting Pierce's and KG's playing time if and when he needs to:
I’ve always called the regular season dress rehearsal for the real season and winning a championship. KG and Paul are warriors, and they want to be out there. There are times when you look in that locker that the jersey won’t be there. That’s the best way to keep those guys in line.
Of course, this is what Kidd says—that he will be able to apply his point guard perspective to the team's offense and that he will have the strength to lay down the law when need be. That's the plan; we'll see if the star-laden roster will respond to its new leader.