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Jason Kidd Named Eastern Conference Coach Of The Month

Head Coach Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets instructs player Deron Williams #8 during a game against the New York Knicks. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Head Coach Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets instructs player Deron Williams #8 during a game against the New York Knicks. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Remember earlier this season when everybody was calling for Jason Kidd’s head?

Well the Nets’ head coach has redeemed himself — for now.

The first-year coach, who has had his fair share of struggles since trading in his jersey for a jacket, has been named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January.

Brooklyn went 10-3 in January, including wins over the Thunder, the Hawks (twice), the Warriors, the Heat, the Knicks and the Mavericks. The Nets won 10 of their first 11 games in 2014 before suffering a crushing loss to the Raptors on January 27 and falling to the Thunder by a wide margin on Friday.

According to the Nets’ official website, the future Hall of Famer is the fourth coach in franchise history to receive the honor. Byron Scott was named Coach of the Year twice (December 2002 and December 2003), Lawrence Frank was honored four times (February 2004, April 2005, March 2006 and April 2007) and Avery Johnson took home the award in November 2012

February got off to a rough start for Kidd and his Nets, as Brooklyn lost to the Pacers in a nail-biter on Saturday night. The team will take on the lowly 76ers at Barclays Center on Monday night before hosting the Spurs on Thursday night.

Coming into Monday night’s game, the 20-25 Nets are seventh in the Eastern Conference — just a game ahead of the Bobcats.

Brooklyn is in second place in the Atlantic Division, four games behind the Raptors.

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