The Brooklyn Nets are off to a terrible start this season under first year coach, Jason Kidd. But that hardly tells the story as fellow NBA observers are noticing the lack of coaching done by Kidd. It probably wasn’t a great idea by general manager Billy King to bring in a rookie head coach with zero experience to operate a veteran-laden team ready to compete for a NBA championship this season. At any rate, one NBA scout has taken notice of Jason Kidd during games and has come to the conclusion that Kidd’s comportment is “terrible” and he doesn’t do anything during games including calling plays.
A veteran scout, interviewed earlier in the day and speaking on the condition of anonymity, called Kidd’s bench comportment “terrible,” observing that the play-calling has fallen mostly to his top assistants, Lawrence Frank and John Welch.
“He doesn’t do anything,” said the scout, who has watched the Nets several times. “He doesn’t make calls. John Welch does all the offense. Lawrence does all the defense. … I don’t know what Kidd does. I don’t think you can grade him and say he’s bad. You can give him an incomplete.”
The same scout said he had counted only 15 plays run by the Nets in the games he has watched. Multiple observers have noted that the Nets offense lacks any discernible flow, as if the stars are all simply taking turns with the ball.
Of course it’s very early and nobody should be judged off a handful of games, but Kidd does look completely over his head at this level of coaching. In addition, last week ESPN’s David Thorpe said that Kidd “the worst coach in the NBA.” For J-Kidd’s sake, the Nets better turn this around quickly or this will only pile on more.