Jason Kidd

Nets point guard Deron Williams, left, and head coach Jason Kidd discuss the disaster that was Brooklyn's 44-point loss in Portland on Feb. 26, 2014.  (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: I Apologize To Jason Kidd — As Should A Lot Of Other People

Like so many, I implored the Nets to jettison their fledgling coach after they plunged to a 10-21 record to start the season. Then the Nets went 23-9 in 2014 before their loss to the Wizards last week.

03/17/2014

Shaun Livingston #14 and Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets talk to head coach Jason Kidd. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Looking To Prove They Can Hang With Big Boys In East

The “process,” as coach Jason Kidd likes to call it, has brought the Nets to this crucial juncture. A strong performance this week would send a message that Brooklyn belongs with more elite company.

03/10/2014

Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets dunks against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Barclays Center on March 5, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Good Riddance To Nets’ 3rd-Quarter Curse

No matter how well the Nets played in the first half, we crossed our fingers and bit our nails to the bone for the next 12 minutes. Not any more. Unless I just jinxed it.

03/06/2014

Deron Williams (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: How Sweet It Is — Nets Finally Find Way To Beat Bulls

OK, so it wasn’t their Mount Everest — that would equate to the NBA title this nearly $200 million roster was expected to compete for before a 10-21 start put a damper on things — but I’ll take baby steps.

03/04/2014

Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets stands on the court before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 26, 2014. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins Makes Home Debut At Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

With the crowd chanting his name, Collins finally entered the game in the waning moments. He played just three minutes, had no points, one rebound and one steal.

03/03/2014

Paul Pierce drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pierce Scores 18, Nets Rebound In Rout Of Nuggets

The Nets didn’t take long to put their worst loss in more than 10 years behind them. “We looked fresh after the back-to-back,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said.

02/28/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams, left, and head coach Jason Kidd discuss the disaster that was Brooklyn's 44-point loss in Portland on Feb. 26, 2014.  (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Don’t Believe In Kidd’s System, Or At Least They Play Like They Don’t

All NBA teams have off nights, but few are as feckless as the Nets were Wednesday night in Portland during their 120-84 shellacking.

02/27/2014

Jason Collins (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jason Collins Finds A Welcoming Home In Nets’ Locker Room

Old teammate Jason Kidd coaches the team. Collins played with Joe Johnson in Atlanta and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Boston, and they are now the respected veterans in Brooklyn.

02/24/2014

Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets on the court during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at STAPLES Center on February 23, 2014. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Center Jason Collins Becomes NBA’s 1st Openly Gay Player

Collins heard his name called early in the second quarter and headed to the scorer’s table to check in. When he walked onto the court, he became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States’ four major pro leagues.

02/24/2014

Jason Collins (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Report: Clippers Join Nets In Considering Jason Collins

The undersized Nets worked out Collins during the All-Star break, general manager Billy King confirmed on Thursday. Collins would become the NBA’s first openly gay active player if he’s signed.

02/21/2014

Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets greet each other. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jason Kidd Shows Growth With His DNPs

Kidd had to play the best guys to get the job done, regardless of emotional ties. Nets fans should be happy to see that he did just that.

02/07/2014

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)

Jason Kidd Named Eastern Conference Coach Of The Month

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.

02/03/2014

Nets point guard Deron Williams and head coach Jason Kidd (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Award Will Mask Nets’ Shortcomings At Head Coach

To all those who have already touted Jason Kidd for Eastern Conference Coach of the Month of January for piloting the Nets to 10 wins in their first 12 games in 2014, know this: He was clearly the second-best coach on the sidelines Monday night.

01/28/2014

Kevin Garnett, right, celebrates with teammate Shaun Livingston during the first half of the Nets’ game against the Miami Heat at the Barclays Center on Jan. 10, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Team Effort Generates Wins, Not All Star Selections

Since Kidd adjusted his lineup in the New Year by moving Garnett, Pierce, and Johnson up one position number, the Nets’ offense has been much more free-flowing and less dependent on any particular player’s output.

01/25/2014

Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks during a game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 20, 2014.  Copyright 2014 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Johnson Scores 25 As Nets Win 103-80, Send Knicks To Fourth Straight Defeat

Joe Johnson scored 25 points, as the Brooklyn Nets sent the Knicks to a fourth straight loss with a 103-80 victory Monday, evening this season’s New York rivalry at a game apiece.

01/20/2014

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