In an extensive interview Thursday night, Jason Kidd discussed strategy and philosophy and a LOT of other things with David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT. He told Aldridge that he doesn't believe in calling timeouts to stop runs; that one of his assistants might be drawing up plays at the end of games, and overall, it's going to be more about respect and trust than x's and o's.
Here's a sampling...
On whether, like Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich, he'll let players play during runs by the other team:
"If there's a run, I don't have to always call a timeout. I trust that you guys will be able to get a stop, and get a score at the other end. Because this isn't a young team. This is a team that's been tested, individually -- the guys from Boston, and the guys that have been here. So what we have to do is combine that. We have to trust each other, but also communicate. And those are the things we've worked on."
On whether he'll always be the guy calling the last second plays:
"I continue to practice with the board. But these guys have done it. So for me, it's to go in, talk to the guys, tell them what I see, what they've done right and wrong, and if there's an offensive play that I can call that they already know, then go with it."
On what he told the team the first night of camp:
"At our opening dinner for training camp, I told the guys, look, I want everyone in this room to be successful. I'm not here to not play you. I'm not here to hold you back from being successful. But you have to trust me. Everyone in this room, you have to start with respect for one another. That's the biggest thing..."
On similarities between the 2011 Maverick championship team and the Nets:
"We're not very fast. We're not very athletic. But our basketball IQ is very high. We all understand how to play. We're playing for letters, in the sense of wins and losses, not for money. It's about championships. Everybody wants to say you have a window. Well, our window is now. And we all understand that in that locker room."
On his relationship with his owner who, he admits, he's met only once:
"I know he's watching. (Laughs) I think the way it's run, it's not just Michael, but also Dmitry [Razumov, Prokhorov's right-hand man and daily liason to the team], who is here, and Irina [Pavlova, the president of ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, the Nets' parent company]. That's the way their business is set up, but there's always Michael. He's always watching."
Separately, in another part of his weekly column, Aldridge notes his first impression of the Nets: "They are a very, very long team. They should lead the league in contested shots."
Q AND A: JASON KIDD - David Aldridge - NBA.com