When you are a new head coach with limited experience and just recently played in the NBA, the transition is a lot smoother if you have a bunch of young players.
When you have veterans who see you as a peer and not a superior, you are going to have problems. That is what is happening in Brooklyn.
The first time Kidd made an authoritative decision, he got some backlash from Paul Piece. Here are the quotes courtesy of SI. Kidd speaks on benching the starters and Pierce talks about how they aren’t making second half adjustments.
“They deserved to play. I should have let them play the whole game or the whole quarter,”Kidd told the New York Daily News about his second unit. “They’re playing, you know, for one another. It’s not perfect but that group that gave us an opportunity by cutting it to eight.”
“We got to understand teams aren’t going to play the same way they did in the first half as they did in the second half because teams make adjustments, especially when they are down,” Pierce said. “And we got to realize that and adjust with that.”
The Nets are in win now mode, so they don’t have a lot of time to figure this out.