In case anyone hasn’t noticed, the Jason Kidd experiment in Brooklyn is not working out, and it’s time Billy King and Mikhail Prokhorov suck up their pride, admit they made a mistake, and fire Jason Kidd. Doing so would benefit both the Nets and Kidd.
Brooklyn doesn’t have the time to see if this experiment might eventually work out because the Nets window of opportunity to win a championship is closing fast, and the team can’t afford to have a coach on the bench who doesn’t appear to know what he’s doing.
This season has been an epic disaster, and a new voice in the locker room of someone with some NBA coaching experience can’t be a bad thing.
The fit wasn’t right from the start with Kidd being hired months after announcing his retirement from the game, and how he was suspended for the first 2 games of the season for a DUI; a very irresponsible act for someone given tremendous responsibility.
Then, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, after Kidd lost his first game as coach to the Magic, he lost his temper with Lawrence Frank whom Kidd personally recruited.
Frank was signed to a 6-year, $6-million dollar contract with Kidd’s endorsement, and he was expected to be Kidd’s guide in Brooklyn, but the relationship never recovered. It got so bad that Kidd had to kick Frank off the bench and re-assign him to writing daily reports, whatever that means.
Now Frank is hiring a high powered legal team to buy his way out of Brooklyn.
Kidd pulled the same shenanigans of acting like a kid when he forced the Nets to fire Byron Scott the season following back to back NBA Finals appearances. He did it again as he was trying to force his way out of New Jersey by faking a headache before a game against the Knicks so he could sit out. Kidd was eventually traded to the Mavericks.
The bottom line is Kidd is not ready to be a head coach, he’s not professional enough, and he doesn’t get along well with the other members of his coaching staff.
Nets management firing Kidd would be beneficial to him so that he could actually sit on the bench for a few years, learn how to be an actual coach, and mature.
When the time is right, then Kidd can go back to being a head coach. But for the Brooklyn Nets who have championship aspirations and who aren’t responding to Jason Kidd with multiple lack-luster efforts, it’s time to turn the page and move in a different direction.