Russians support Jason Kidd, reports ESPN

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

When the Nets hired Jason Kidd as head coach in June, ownership saw the Nets' great as a long-term solution akin to the Spurs relationship with Gregg Popovich, a thread that strings the organization together.  They appreciated his desire to return to the franchise ... and that he walked away from $6 million owed him by the Knicks.

So it shouldn't be a surprise that ownership, that is Mikhail Prokhorov and Dmitry Razumov, his main contact with the Nets, continue to support Kidd.   Mark Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk report, "Sources told ESPN.com that Kidd continues to have the backing of his bosses with Brooklyn dealing with several injuries and other mitigating factors which have contributed to the poor start."

NetsDaily has been told that ownership in Moscow is "frustrated" but "hopeful" that the season will turn around.

Stein and Youngmisuk also confirm Frank Isola's report of last week in which he wrote Kidd and Lawrence Frank were experiencing friction but the two write the longtime friends have patched up their "philosophical differences." "They're fine," one source told Stein and Youngmisuk.  Both Kidd and Frank have long-term contracts.

Sources also told the ESPN duo that Nets veteran players support Kidd, who has coached in 11 of the Nets' 13 games so far.

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