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Whispers on Kidd: 'He doesn't do anything'

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07:21 AM ET 11.20 | "Just bad coaching," is how Jason Kidd described what's ailing the Nets, but his players defended him Tuesday. It is surely too soon to judge Kidd's coaching acumen, but it is fair to wonder whether he was ready for this job, on this stage, with these weighty expectations. 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."

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November 20, 2013  07:45 AM ET

He is collecting a pay cheque

November 20, 2013  08:27 AM ET

This was a bad choice all along. When you are in a "win now" mode, it is utter stupidity to bring in a rookie coach. You reap what you sow.

November 20, 2013  08:43 AM ET

That's what happens when you start losing so much w/ a team that's thought to be a super team... I think even DWill didn't buy in. Now all the other stars are not buying in. As bad as the Cs are, maybe they'll win the division w/ below .500 record...

November 20, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Wouldn't be the first coach accused of "rolling the ball out there" - would he?

(tip of the cap to Guy V. Lewis and Ray Meyer...)

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November 20, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves, Bro.

November 20, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Inexperience. That's all she be...

November 20, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Which is why before taking the HC job you are supposed to spend time as an assistant. I thought that was arequirement for at least two season, so I dont know how or why Kidd made the transition so fast. Im sure he us finding out coahing is not as easy as it looks. Maybe a new respect for the position will be recieved, and he can use that as a learning moment. Whats his system? What schemes will he use? Can he make decisions on the fly? Its not simply about getting great players togeather and letting them play. Welcome to the school of hard knocks J. Kidd!

November 20, 2013  09:43 AM ET

The funny thing is this is normal for football but not normal for basketball. Offensive coordinator, defense coordinator but in BBall not so much. You have to do one or the other or you are just a motivator at timeouts and a lineup adjuster which is still coaching.

November 20, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Sounds like the back stabbing has already started.

If Jason Kidd wants to be a head coach, fine. But he just retired as a player. Why not step away from the game for a year or two. But he jumped right into the job about two weeks after retirement. Take a break.

November 20, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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That's what happens when you start losing so much w/ a team that's thought to be a super team... I think even DWill didn't buy in. Now all the other stars are not buying in. As bad as the Cs are, maybe they'll win the division w/ below .500 record...

I wouldn't use Dwill as a barometer man that dude will throw a coach under the bus in a heartbeat. Coaches are basically lineup managers and motivators. So if Kidd isn't going to be a offensive guy or defensive guy then he has to nail the rest down

November 20, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Is the Russian 1972 Olympic Coach available?

November 20, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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Sounds like Byron Scott part deux

I think even Byron spent some time as assistant coach. If you are referring to the disaster known as the Nets I agree.

November 20, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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I think even Byron spent some time as assistant coach. If you are referring to the disaster known as the Nets I agree.

He got them to two NBA Finals. Guy had his issues but he wasn't a train wreck by any means

November 20, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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I wouldn't use Dwill as a barometer man that dude will throw a coach under the bus in a heartbeat. Coaches are basically lineup managers and motivators. So if Kidd isn't going to be a offensive guy or defensive guy then he has to nail the rest down

You just used him as a barometer. DWill is a coach killer and JKidd is in line to be fired because DWill hasn't done crap. DWill should have gotten his injuries fixed and he should be the leader of this team but he seems to be just content just being one of the players.

November 20, 2013  11:13 AM ET

I am shocked. How could this have gone wrong? Does Shaw still not have a job?

November 20, 2013  11:13 AM ET

Dwill did wait late and I agree he is not the leader type. He was really getting it going at the end of last year but the injuries are mounting up for him. I have a problem with him not being a leader though. Brook is not that type DWill is not that type and Johnson is not that type when you have your three best players at max salary and not one be the leader of the team that is not a good sign. KG is probably the leader of the locker room now. Williams wants to win but he seems to be ok with just getting paid if he doesn't win. This is the impression I get after watching him play and watching The Association

November 20, 2013  11:14 AM ET

I thought his move from retired player to coach was a bit premature, he could have used some seasoning becoming an assistant first. Yeah, I could believe that his assistant coaches are carrying this team, I was also suprised when I found out that Lawrence Frank was his assistant. Lawrence Frank was his head coach when Kidd was a player with the Nets. Larry Bird had assistant coaches that carried him in Indiana, Magic Johnson did not receive the assistent coaches support in LA and he failed misserably. Coaching takes time no matter what type of player you were as an active player.

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