The fallout between Jason Kidd and Lawrence Frank isn't just a hot topic in the NBA news cycle; it's also a reminder that trying new things (like hiring an untested new coach and pairing him with an experienced, no-nonsense assistant) can lead to disaster.
Fresh thinking is tricky. It requires a willingness to take risks, to trust numbers and to embrace the possibility of failure.
But when new ideas work out, it's a beautiful thing.
The NBA is full of forward-thinking coaches and executives who are implementing revolutionary ideas all the time. Talent evaluation, lineup construction and positional designations aren't static models; they're malleable, dynamic concepts.
As the NBA moves forward at an ever-accelerating pace, a few great minds are shunning the conventional modes in favor of outside-the-box thinking.