Maybe experience does mean a lot. After a summer in which the Nets were linked to everyone from Phil Jackson to Jeff Van Gundy to Stan Van Gundy, the Nets went way outside of the box when they hired the recently-retired Jason Kidd. The deal brought Kidd back to the franchise where he enjoyed some of his greatest successes – back-to-back Eastern Conference championships, a second-place MVP finish – but things haven’t gone quite the same way on the sidelines.
The Nets were widely picked to take the Atlantic Division in 2013/14 with the Knicks being left in their dust. Early on in the season, both New York teams are spiraling with the Nets being at 3-10 and the Knicks at 3-10. While a good chunk of the blame certainly falls on the shoulders of the Nets’ aging core, many observers feel that Kidd is simply lost on the bench. Mikhail Prokhorov‘s abrupt firing of P.J. Carlesimo and summer spending spree are indications that he’s not the most patient man in the world. If the Nets can’t turn things around, the seat will certainly get warmer underneath the point guard-turned-coach. Will Kidd last the season in Brooklyn?