Jason Kidd Reportedly Berated Lawrence Frank Before Demotion

Ben Leibowitz@BenLeboCorrespondent IIIDecember 10, 2013

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Jason Kidd, the Brooklyn Nets' first-year head coach, reportedly lambasted former assistant coach Lawrence Frank with an expletive-laced outburst prior to reassigning him.

---UPDATE: Tuesday, 6:11 p.m. ET by Joe Flynn---

While some have derided Lawrence Frank's "daily reports" as yet another symptom of the Nets' dysfunction, Kidd insists that he does indeed read the reports.

So that's something, right?

---End of update---


Per an article by NBA.com’s David Aldridge, the differences in philosophy between Kidd and Frank became hostile after Kidd tried to put his own imprint on the team:

But Frank "wouldn't stop talking," the second coaching source countered.

And several outlets have reported Frank was angered that Kidd chose assistant Joe Prunty instead of him to coach the team in his absence while Kidd served his DUI suspension at the start of the regular season.

The denouement came in the now well-reported blowup Kidd had with Frank, where Kidd, according to a source, told Frank: "Sit the (bleep) down! I'm the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you're on the bench, don't (bleeping) move!" 

The coaching situation in Brooklyn continues to look like a complete debacle from the outside looking in. The Nets' 6-14 record certainly hasn't helped stem the rhetoric surrounding Kidd's first stint as an NBA head coach.

In a Dec. 4 article by Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein of ESPN, sources reported that Kidd and Frank had "friction."

It appears now that said "friction" was far more argumentative.

Additionally, according to a Nov. 19 article by Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, a veteran scout called Kidd's demeanor on the sidelines "terrible" and said "he doesn't do anything."

It's hard to imagine Kidd's coaching seat getting any hotter moving forward. The Nets are one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, and they suffered a 30-point home loss to the lowly New York Knicks last week.

For the most part, the Nets have become a media punching bag. SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio host Dan Graca said the following via Twitter:

If Brooklyn doesn't turn its fortunes around fast, it's hard to imagine Kidd having the head coaching job for much longer.