Jason Kidd will have to wait another day to get his first "W" but he does have his first "T."
The Nets fell to the Pistons in the last game of the Orlando Magic Summer League, as Andre Drummond played like a man among boys, stuffing the box score with 12 points, 16 boards (7 offensive), six blocks and five steals. Mason Plumlee didn't play badly in his first NBA game, finishing with 10 points, 14 boards, and a drive, spin and dunk that electrified the small crowd. But it was the Detroit big man who dominated the paint. The Nets staff, which includes former Piston big man coach Roy Rogers, tried to take advantage of his one big weakness, poor foul shooting, running "Hack-a-Drummond" late in the game but the 6'11" Drummond got help and the effort failed.
For Kidd, who often let Lawrence Frank draw up plays, the most memorable moment came in the fourth when he was hit with a technical for stepping out of the coach's box while protesting a call. He called the "T" and the game "a learning experience."
"This is summer school for me and so hopefully, I’m going in the right direction," Kidd told several Nets beat writers who traveled to Orlando for his debut. "I’m learning and as a coach, you’re going to learn everyday, both the good and bad. My job come training camp is to get settled with the guys we have on the team. I think every coach in this league learns everyday from the game."
The Nets two roster players, Tyshawn Taylor and Toko Shengelia didn't have good games, but summer league games don't count. Taylor led the Nets and the game with 17 points but shot 6-for-18 and finished with one assist and six turnovers, not the kind of performance that that will encourage thoughts of him backing up Deron Williams. Shengelia shot a miserable 1-for-7, including 0-for-3 from deep, and committed five fouls in 24 minutes. Damion James played well, finishing with 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting to go with eight rebounds.
After the game, James tweeted...
These folks don't understand how hungry I am! I'm just getting started. Less turnovers tomorrow and a victory I'll b able to sleep good!— Damion James (@KONJames10) July 8, 2013
Taylor was asked about Kidd's demeanor as coach. "He’s the same way he was just talking to ya’ll: Mad soft spoken, just cool," said the second year pro who's now on his third pro coach.
The other news out of the game was the presence of John Welch, a Nuggets assistant, on the bench. Stefan Bondy tweeted that Welch is likely to join Kidd's staff.
Strong indications here that the Nets are adding former Nuggets assistant John Welch will be joining Kidd's staff. He was on bench 2night.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) July 8, 2013
- Boxscore - NBA.com
- 2013 Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League: Nets Fall in Kidd's NBA Coaching Debut - Melanie Kurtsinger - Orlando Magic
- Jason Kidd on tech: 'It happens' - AP
- Game Highlights (Video) - NBA.com
- Jason Kidd on his Debut (Video) - NBA.com
- State of Brooklyn with Howard Beck (Video) - Rick Kamla & Kendall Gill - NBA.com
- Plumlee Over Pope (Video) - NBA.com
- Like Mike (Video) - NBA.com
- Rapid Reaction: Kidd earns first technical - Mike Wallace - ESPN New York
- Nets rookie Mason Plumlee dunk over Caldwell-Pope goes viral (Video) - Star-Ledger
- Nets coach Jason Kidd picks up technical foul in summer league loss to Detroit - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Jason Kidd gets technical foul for leaving coaches box in Nets Summer League game - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Jason hit with ‘T’ in debut as Nets coach - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Kidd Coaches First Game With Nets and Picks Up First Technical - Howard Beck - New York Times
- Nets' Kidd gets some pointers in summer league head coaching debut - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Jason Kidd’s Debut Marked By Technical Foul and a Loss, But No Nerves - Josh Newman - SNY Nets
- Nets Summer League Notebook: Plumlee’s First Impression, Taylor Regroups, Drummond’s Stat Line, Short-Sleeved Jerseys - Josh Newman - SNY Nets
Please don't ruin Kidd's lack of experience - Chris Hooker - The Brooklyn Game
- Summer League: Nets vs. Pistons (July 7) - Ben Couch - Brooklyn Nets
- Detroit 76, Brooklyn 67: Andre Drummond's offense still work in progress as Pistons win summer league opener - Vince Ellis - Detroit Free Press
- Pistons No. 1 pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is less than dazzling in debut - Vincent Goodwill - Detroit News
- Jason Kidd as a coach looks really weird - Seth Highkin - USA Today