Golden State Warriors third-year head coach Mark Jackson weighed in on the coaching debacle that occurred earlier this season between Jason Kidd and Lawrence Frank prior to Wednesday's game with the Brooklyn Nets by calling it "clownish."
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated tweeted the following:
Mark Jackson calls J-Kidd/Lawrence Frank situation "clownish." Reiterates stance that assistants need to fall in line with head coach.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) January 8, 2014
While Jackson's stance is that assistant coaches "need to fall in line" with the head coach, Frank wasn't brought in as an ordinary assistant.
Per an article by ESPN's Chris Broussard, "Sources say Lawrence Frank was merely doing what (Kidd) hired him to do: be the de facto head coach."
Making the immediate transition from NBA player to rookie head coach wasn't going to be easy, so bringing in a veteran coaching presence in Frank was seen as a good move. However, even critics of the Kidd hire couldn't have imagined such an ugly debut.
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!"
Despite the coaching fiasco that has helped morph the Nets into a media punching bag, Jackson has stayed in Coach Kidd's corner, via the New York Post's Tim Bomtemps:
Jackson repeated his earlier defense of Kidd from the Lawrence Frank situation back in November, when he was Kidd's staunchest backer.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 8, 2014
Mark Jackson on Kidd-Frank situation: "I’ve never seen anyone of the Pips try to lead. That’s Gladys’ role. Let Gladys be Gladys."— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 8, 2014
That reference is an homage to Gladys Knight & the Pips, a family R&B musical group that was active from the 1950's through the 1980's. (And yes, I had to look that up to have any idea who Jackson was talking about.)
Kidd's coaching hot seat is still smoldering, but at least he has one NBA coach backing him up through all the criticism.