The NBA announced Tuesday afternoon that Jason Kidd is the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for the month of March. Kidd also won the award for January.
Kidd has grown as a rookie head coach, taking the team from 10-21 to 39-33 in a matter of three months. The Nets went 12-4 in the month of March. Kidd won the award along with Greg Popovich, who is the Western Conference Coach of the Month.
During the first part of the season, the 41-year-old Kidd was hammered regularly by pundits. Early in November, ESPN.com’s David Thorpe called Kidd "the worst coach in the NBA." Later that month, Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck quoted an scout who didn’t think much of Kidd, the coach. "He doesn’t do anything," the scout told Beck. In December, Adrian Wojnarowski said Kidd was "on the clock". "From management to players, Kidd has shown an inability to manage crisis and keep the respect of his players," wrote Woj, quoting "sources."
He is the second rookie head coach to win the award twice in one season since its conception in the 1982-1983 season. Tom Thibodeau was the other.