Tale Of The Tape: Jason Kidd, Nets Point Guard Vs. Jason Kidd, Nets Coach

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  • Team Success
    Made the playoffs six times in a row and went to the NBA Finals in each of his first two seasons.
    Lost in the semis during his one season as coach. Told one of his players to spill his drink on him, just so that he could get a free timeout.
  • Impact
    Turned the Nets into contenders, became the centerpiece of their transition from the basement to the front of the pack.
    Took a while to find his sea legs as a head coach, but did get to the playoffs. Wasn't the main reason this time around.
  • Perception
    Revered and adored by the fan base.
    Ultimately betrayed the fan base, wound up going from hero to zero.
  • Selfishness Level
    Led the NBA in assists in 2002-03 and was routinely among the league leaders in that category.
    Ditched the Nets after an unsuccessful attempt to gain more power in the front office.
RESULTS
Sometimes, it's best not to return to a franchise you've played for after you retire. There are a number of ways to tarnish your legacy and Kidd managed to pick the worst possible route. -- Daniel Friedman, CBS New York contributor

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