After an offseason of big spending and blockbuster moves, the Nets find themselves with a 4-11 record—tied for fourth worst in the NBA.
There is plenty of time to turn the season around and the Nets are still virtually guaranteed a playoff spot in the pathetic Eastern Conference—where a .500 record currently gets you the third seed.
However, the front office built this team with championship aspirations in mind and right now, this is far from a championship-caliber team. You don't need to look far to find what is at the heart of the Nets' problems—you simply have to look towards the bench.
Virtually everything that is wrong with the Nets this season goes back to the first move they made in signing Jason Kidd as the head coach.
Kidd is one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game and may in fact become a top-notch coach someday. But that day is not today, and he is not the right man to lead this team.
Kidd needed to coach a team with little to no expectations. A team where he could learn the many nuances of coaching and learn how to teach the game of basketball.
The Nets needed a coach that could bring together six current or former All-Stars and get them to play as a unit. A coach that could maximize the talent of a $100 million payroll while getting his team progressively better throughout the year to set up a deep playoff run.
It was a bad fit from the opening press conference.
The Nets are a bottom-10 team in both offense and defense and many around the league have openly blamed Kidd for the team's struggles, via Bleacher Report's Howard Beck.
A veteran scout, interviewed earlier in the day and speaking on the condition of anonymity, called Kidd’s bench comportment “terrible,” observing that the play-calling has fallen mostly to his top assistants, Lawrence Frank and John Welch.
“He doesn’t do anything,” said the scout, who has watched the Nets several times. “He doesn’t make calls. John Welch does all the offense. Lawrence does all the defense. … I don’t know what Kidd does. I don’t think you can grade him and say he’s bad. You can give him an incomplete.”
The same scout said he had counted only 15 plays run by the Nets in the games he has watched.
More often than not, the Nets' offense turns into a game of pickup basketball where everyone stands around waiting for their turn to get the ball. There are far too many isolations and not enough designed plays resulting in easy baskets.
On a team with so much talent, you sometimes get players not wanting to take over to avoid stepping on each other's toes. This happens with the Nets in nearly every game.
These problems fall directly onto the head coach as it is up to him to come up with plays and decide on a team's go-to player and leader on the court.
The Nets are good, but they aren't nearly good enough to win in the NBA without a structured offense and Kidd hasn't set up anything close to that.
Jason Kidd has given so much to the Nets over his playing career and in return, the Nets gave Kidd the keys to a Ferrari when he hasn't even passed the test for a learner's permit.
For Kidd, it's simply the wrong team at the wrong time.
For the Nets, it's time to jump ship on a move that was doomed to fail from the very beginning.
The answer is simple: if you want to save the season you need to get rid of the greatest player, yet worst coach, in your franchise's history.