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Report: Jason Kidd losing Nets locker room

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07:27 AM ET 12.28 | When Deron Williams returned to the lineup, pushing the Brooklyn Nets to four victories in five games, the players publicly marched with the coach on his self-indulged explanation for the sudden success: Lawrence Frank was gone, and Jason Kidd's refurbished defense had been an immense difference. Privately, the Nets understood this idea was complete garbage. The defense hadn't changed much, except it was funny how much better it looked when the franchise star returned and the ball began to go into the basket. Simplified defense, Kidd pushed. One voice. If the coach said so, sure, the players responded to reporters. The Nets had tried to be supportive of Kidd, but patience is running low on the belief he can deliver the structure and organization desperately needed. As the Nets have devolved into chaos, Kidd has increasingly isolated himself within the locker room and organization, sources told Yahoo Sports. From management to players, Kidd has shown an inability to manage crisis and keep the respect of his players.Whatever. While the Nets knew it was nonsense, they had Kidd's back anyway.

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December 28, 2013  07:49 AM ET

He lost that a long time ago...........





He is the East's version of D'Antoni.......

December 28, 2013  07:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He lost that a long time ago...........He is the East's version of D'Antoni.......

This coaching hire never made sense to me.

Morning Mick.

December 28, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He lost that a long time ago...........He is the East's version of D'Antoni.......

D'Antoni is not that bad.

December 28, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This coaching hire never made sense to me.Morning Mick.

Howdy bro...........Just a quick pop-in....Getting ready to take wifey to Chesapeake, VA. to visit her aunt........

December 28, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

D'Antoni is not that bad.

LOL

December 28, 2013  08:13 AM ET

The hiring of Kidd will go down as one of the biggest bust ever.

December 28, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The hiring of Kidd will go down as one of the biggest bust ever.

The D'Antoni hiring wins that prize.

Morning Onion.

December 28, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Just Be Glad You Can't Be Fragged, Bro.

December 28, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Looks good on Nets. Stockpiling has-beens combined with a rookie coach is not a smart mix. Can't say it's surprising.

December 28, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He lost that a long time ago...........He is the East's version of D'Antoni.......

D'Antoni is working with what he got. What he has is very little and with that being said LA is doing pretty decent without Kobe. Bet D'Antoni could do a better job with this Nets squad

December 28, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He lost that a long time ago...........He is the East's version of D'Antoni.......

Well said Mick. But to the Nets credit, they did not know what Kidd was about, Dumby on the other hand, was an well know disaster.

December 28, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The D'Antoni hiring wins that prize.Morning Onion.

Morning MMA

Kidd wins the Brian Bosworth award as the biggest bust ever. At least D'Antoni had some success with the Suns

December 28, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

D'Antoni is working with what he got. What he has is very little and with that being said LA is doing pretty decent without Kobe. Bet D'Antoni could do a better job with this Nets squad

0-4 is decent?

December 28, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Morning MMAKidd wins the Brian Bosworth award as the biggest bust ever. At least D'Antoni had some success with the Suns

The DA hiring is such a bust to me because a) Phil Jackson was ready to return b) DA is clueless about how to use NBA big men or pkay defense c) he cost the Lakers the ability to keep D12.

December 28, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The DA hiring is such a bust to me because a) Phil Jackson was ready to return b) DA is clueless about how to use NBA big men or pkay defense c) he cost the Lakers the ability to keep D12.

Don't think you can blame DA for Howard going to Houston. As long as Kobe was there Howard was leaving.

December 28, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Don't think you can blame DA for Howard going to Houston. As long as Kobe was there Howard was leaving.

It sounded like it was a pretty big factor in his decision.

[i] Howard???s rationale for listening, however complex, apparently has as much to do with his murky relationship with D???Antoni than any of the other factors, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, part of the discussion between Howard and Kupchak centered around Howard???s frustration with D???Antoni ??? particularly how the center felt marginalized as the coach looked to Bryant and Steve Nash for leadership and suggestions and discounted Howard???s voice.

Every player was afforded the opportunity to meet with Kupchak individually after D???Antoni left the room, but few spent as much time as Howard and Kupchak did together. Antawn Jamison also had a separate meeting with Kupchak without D???Antoni present, but that was because of a scheduling conflict.

Kupchak left the meeting with Howard undeterred, telling reporters he was ???hopeful??? and ???optimistic??? that Howard would be back with the Lakers next season and beyond, yet there have been several developments in the last couple weeks that could have an effect on Howard???s decision.

D???Antoni chose not to retain assistant coach Chuck Person, a Howard confidant, on his staff for next season. Also, Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford, who was with Howard in Orlando for five seasons before both of them came to L.A. last year, has become a hot head coaching candidate, interviewing with Milwaukee and receiving interest from Charlotte.

One source described the potential departure of Clifford, coupled with the loss of Person as ???removing the buffers,??? between Howard and D???Antoni, ???which is a bad thing.???[/]

December 28, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Don't think you can blame DA for Howard going to Houston. As long as Kobe was there Howard was leaving.

Sorry for the formatting in my last comment. You can read it clearer here;

hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/05/21/dwight-dantoni-and-the-lakers-big-rift/

December 28, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He lost that a long time ago...........He is the East's version of D'Antoni.......

He never lost it because he never had it!!

December 28, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Don't think you can blame DA for Howard going to Houston. As long as Kobe was there Howard was leaving.

Let's just say ?'Antoni (the D is silent) didn't help.

 
December 28, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

D'Antoni is working with what he got.........Bet D'Antoni could do a better job with this Nets squad

Agreed!

Kidd's hiring made no sense at all!

You spend millions signing and resigning players, trade for a trio of former stars, and expect a guy with no coaching experience at all to pull them together in one season?

This had failure written all over it from the start.

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