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Coach Kidd on Iso: "No"


Jason Kidd spoke with Rod Boone in Orlando Tuesday and used the opportunity to once again says the team will operate at a quicker pace, share the ball more, and will put an end to iso ball.

"You look at the league as a whole -- we’ll use the two teams [in the Finals] Miami and San Antonio -- they are teams that kind of stayed away from iso and moved the ball around and there was multiple touches," the Nets coach told Newsday's Boone Tuesday. "That's what we are trying to get to, being able to move the ball. Sacrifice is something I might say a lot. Something you’ll [also] hear me say a lot, is making a play for a teammate.

"Don’t be afraid to let go of the ball because a lot of times, when you do let go of the ball, the ball will find you. And so, that’s something that we are going to get away from because against the great defenses in this league, you won’t be able to win a seven-game series."

Under Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo, the Nets used isolation a lot. As Boone writes, the Nets were fourth in the league in both percentage of their possessions that ended in an iso and points per isolation possession. The Heat led the NBA in the latter category.

"We are going to try to not iso," Kidd said. "We are going to get more team-oriented on the offensive and defensive end. I think that was one of the things that stood out. It was more individual defense, and when you look at the teams that have won championships, they’ve all talked about team defense, helping one another.

"I think our team is built in that way, where we can play well together on the offensive end and on the defensive end."