By allowing 103.4 points per game, the Brooklyn Nets rank 29th in the NBA from a defensive standpoint. Preventing opponents from putting the ball in the hoop has been a struggle for Brooklyn, but changes are forthcoming to try and fix that glaring issue.
Lawrence Frank—the Nets assistant coach who was recently reassigned to “doing daily reports”—was seen as the defensive-minded guy on the sidelines. Now that he’s no longer beside Coach Kidd on the bench, a new system has been implemented.
“We have a new system, we’re changing things on the fly,” Kevin Garnett said after the Nets’ blowout loss against the Knicks, according to Devin Kharpertian of TheBrooklynGame.com. “Jason’s putting in a lot of new stuff since Lawrence has left."
Despite those changes, the Nets allowed the Knicks to shoot a blistering 16-of-27 from long range (59.3 percent). Iman Shumpert drained five of seven attempts, and seven other Knicks made at least one long-range shot.
Obviously, the new defensive schemes that Kidd is trying to execute are a work in progress. With that said, the Nets can’t possibly be worse than they’ve already been defensively, right?
Hmm, so maybe handing Kidd the keys to the Nets defense won’t allow fans to breathe easy, but there are still other happy thoughts to get to.