With the acquisition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to go along with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, the Brooklyn Nets were supposed to give the reigning champion Miami Heat a run for their money in the East. But after a disappointing start to the season people are asking questions and they may not have to go any further than the head coach for answers.
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. Multiple observers have noted that the Nets offense lacks any discernible flow, as if the stars are all simply taking turns with the ball.
I always felt that the way Kidd was given a head coaching job without any coaching experience was a slap in the face to so many who have to pay their dues by being assistant coaches first. I also said the Kidd experiment would either be wildly successful or a huge failure, and even though the season is still very young it seems as if Kidd should’ve paid his own coaching dues first.