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ESPN: Jason Kidd calls out Nets after Christmas Day loss

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Following the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls Wednesday afternoon, Jason Kidd called out his team for their lack of effort, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

Multiple league sources told Youngmisuk that Kidd was tired and frustrated with the team's lack of effort following their fourth straight loss. This came after Kidd said the Nets were "becoming comfortable with losing" on Monday night after another embarrassing loss, that one to the Indiana Pacers.

Youngmisuk reports that what has agitated Kidd the most is the Nets' "apathetic approach when adversity hits in a game and the opponent makes a run against them."

From Youngmisuk's piece:

The frustration is mounting. According to league sources, after Kidd yelled at the team on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett stood up and vented his frustration before walking out to the showers. Multiple sources stressed Garnett backs Kidd and that the veteran's frustration has been building over some of his teammates' lack of fight after the Nets lost by 17 points for the second straight game.
Sources also said Garnett's walking out was viewed as him being one of the few Nets to care about the team's downward spiral.

Frustration has been heard in other quarters as well. Deron Williams said after today's loss, "I'm even surprised with this season, how it's played out. It's like a nightmare.""I'm very surprised," Paul Pierce said today. "We've got to be more mentally tough."

The Nets tumultuous season has become even more difficult after this latest episode, and it will be interesting to see how the team responds to Kidd's latest outburst, and Garnett's support for it.

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