In a scathing critique of the Nets season, Adrian Wojnarowski pins most of the blame for the team's demise on their rookie coach and suggests his job is not secure.
The Nets had tried to be supportive of Kidd, but patience is running low on the belief he can deliver the structure and organization desperately needed. As the Nets have devolved into chaos, Kidd has increasingly isolated himself within the locker room and organization, sources told Yahoo Sports. From management to players, Kidd has shown an inability to manage crisis and keep the respect of his players.
Woj writes Kidd has been looking for a scapegoat and found one in Lawrence Frank, but now, he's found another, his players.
Somehow, Kidd believes he can keep publicly eviscerating his players' character and desire and spare himself blame and responsibility. For those around the Nets with a sense of history and irony, they remember Kidd running ex-coach Byron Scott out of his job for offenses born of this failed playbook.
Now, reports Woj, the team management (note he does not say ownership) has a big decision to make.
Here's the question management is grappling with: Does Brooklyn start unloading its star players and stay the course with the coach, or unload the coach and let someone else manage these star players?
Whatever the dismal Atlantic Division standings say about the Nets trailing first place by only three games, Kidd won’t reach the All-Star break without restoring order to his team.
Woj doesn't suggest any decision is imminent other than noting the All-Star break, still six weeks away could be one deadline for change. Not does he suggest the team's Russian ownership is willing to fire its fourth coach since taking over in May 2010.
After Friday night's win, Kidd told reporters, ""I can't answer to what you guys make up. I'm sorry. I don't have an answer to that question."
- Jason Kidd losing support within Nets' locker room - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Report: If Nets don’t turn around, Kidd likely gone by All-Star Game - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
Kidd brushes off report that he’s losing locker room: “I can’t answer to what you guys make up” - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game