Jason Kidd said at practice Tuesday that he hadn't yet spoken to his players about what he told the media post-game Monday: that his club is "getting really close to just accepting losing," adding, "We kind of get comfortable with losing and we have to make a stand with that because when things get tough, do we give in? Most of the time right now we do."
But the writers at practice Tuesday got strong comments from some of the veterans who denied they are comfortable with losing and stated that the team has no identity and don't even understand what kind of team they are, one third of the way through the season.
KG spoke, very low key. Said he knew he wasn't coming to Brooklyn to be a focal point, knows he and everyone needs to step up with Lopez out— Gene Morris (@GeneMorris) December 24, 2013
Garnett: "I don't think we have an identity...I don't know what we are."— Howie Kussoy (@HowieKussoy) December 24, 2013
Joe Johnson: "I don’t think we kind of know or understand what kind of team we are, offensively or defensively."— Howie Kussoy (@HowieKussoy) December 24, 2013
KG on his lack of production: "I'm not a primary here. Coming here, I didn't assess myself as that. I don't get plays called for me."— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) December 24, 2013
Very telling comments by the #Nets players today. Obviously know they have a lot to work on and need to find chemistry on both ends.— Gene Morris (@GeneMorris) December 24, 2013
The Nets won't have any kind of a Christmas Eve curfew despite the noon start on Wednesday.
Noon game tomorrow, Kidd says no curfew for Nets: "Nope. Santa will be coming, so hopefully everybody will be excited about Santa & X-mas."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 24, 2013
There was some good news, regarding Andrei Kirilenko's status for the Bulls game.
Kirilenko was moving around well; says he'll talk to trainer Tim Walsh before making a determination about tomorrow #Nets— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) December 24, 2013
Meanwhile, Paul Pierce escaped a suspension for his flagrant 2 foul on George Hill, but he will pay a fine.
Paul Pierce fined $15k for "excessive and unnecessary contact" with George Hill in last night's game. Pierce was ejected on the play.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) December 24, 2013