I guess its safe to assume the New York Knicks aren’t alone as the one of the worst professional basketball teams in the state of NY as well as the Eastern Conference. Why are both teams struggling and why is Brooklyn off to such a horrendous start despite having Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Joe Johnson in the line-up? Could it be head coach Jason Kidd isn’t exactly prepared with the proper knowledge and experience necessary to manage a team of veterans and stars hungry for a shot at a NBA title? You have to wonder whether or not Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce lack the proper respect for Kidd as the head coach because so far they have not played at a high level on either end of the court.
As I watch Jason Kidd’s emotionless and uninterested look from the sideline, I can’t help to wonder whether or not he is destined to receive a similar fate as former Brooklyn Nets Head Coach, Avery Johnson. In Kidd’s defense, the team has been without two of their most important players, Brook Lopez and Jason Williams due to injury. Lopez has returned from an ankle injury but the team continues to struggle, unfortunately Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, seems like a man of limited patience, meaning he would like to make good on his promise of bringing an NBA title to the city of Brooklyn within five years as opposed to being responsible for a current team sitting close to the bottom of the Easter Conference standings.
At this point Jason Kidd deserves a chance to show his ability to coach this team when they reach 100 percent health and I firmly believe the organization should look at acquiring a more efficient backup point guard. With Deron Williams injured, the Nets are in dire need of a guard who can provide a spark and push the offensive tempo. Garnett and Pierce benefited from having a top assist player in Rajon Rhondo and without a player of similar caliber, I don’t expect either of the former Celtics to score in the same fashion. The Nets have been poor at scoring and defending in the first quarter and it seems as if they are always fighting back from behind during the second half of the game.
Jason Kidd is going to have to adjust fast. Currently the Nets are performing far behind their projected expectations. I personally would have preferred to see a more experienced coach leading this team, perhaps former Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach, Lionel Hollins. or 2013 NBA Coach of the Year, George Karl. I believe either of these coaches would have this team in a better position to win games and the Nets would more than likely have a better winning percentage at this point of the season.
As a player, Jason Kidd will be remembered as one of the best point guards and assist men to ever play the game; he’s currently second on the NBA All-Time Assist Leaders list (12,091) and he is sure to be a 1st ballot NBA Hall of Famer, unfortunately sometimes great players don’t exactly pan out to be great NBA coaches. Lenny WIlkens, Bill Russell, and Larry Bird are a few exceptions while several NBA greats have tried but failed – Isaiah Thomas and Magic Johnson, just to name a few.
The Nets have a better chance than the Knicks at turning their season around and the window of opportunity remains open but the Nets have to find the desire and will to win. I personally think the Nets will find a way to come together as a collective unit, though I will continue to remain skeptical in regards to Jason Kidd’s ability to motivate this team. Most importantly, will Jason Kidd hold on to his coaching job if the Nets continue to struggle leading up to the All-Star break?