NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Brooklyn Nets aren’t playing like playoff contenders. Nowhere near it.
And some are starting to think the problem begins with rookie coach Jason Kidd.
“He gets an F. He gets a 0,” ESPN’s David Thorpe said last week. “He has a long way to go to figure this out. Do I think he’ll be better? Will they be better? It seems very likely. But as he’s currently doing, he’s the worst coach in the NBA.”
An unnamed NBA scout told Howard Beck of Bleacher Report that Kidd can’t be given a grade just yet. But that came after an eye-opening comment about Kidd’s play-calling from the bench — or lack thereof.
“He doesn’t do anything,” the scout told Beck. “He doesn’t make calls. John Welch does all the offense. Lawrence (Frank) does all the defense. … I don’t know what Kidd does.”
The 40-year-old coach took the blame for Monday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Brooklyn dropped to 3-7, which can’t sit well with win-me-a-championship owner Mikail Prokhorov.
Others have wondered just what Kidd is doing with veteran Kevin Garnett, who was traded to Brooklyn with Paul Pierce as part of a draft-day megadeal with the Boston Celtics. Garnett was pulled during a first-quarter hot streak Monday and never regained his shot.
“Just bad coaching,” said Kidd, whose number was retired by the franchise during the preseason. “I take the blame for this. Guys play hard. We got a little stagnant on the offensive end. This falls on my shoulders. We got off to a good start and then in the third quarter we came out a little flat and that falls on me.”
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