Patience is running low within the Nets organization on the belief that Jason Kidd can deliver the structure and organization the team needs, writes Adrian Wojnarowski in his latest piece for Yahoo! Sports. According to Wojnarowski, Kidd has “increasingly isolated himself within the locker room and organization” and hasn’t exhibited the ability to handle crises and keep his players’ respect.
While it doesn’t appear Kidd’s job is in imminent danger, he won’t survive until the All-Star break if he doesn’t restore order to the Nets, according to Wojnarowski, who says that players have told Kidd they don’t understand their roles on the team. The Yahoo! scribe also suggests that the removal of Lawrence Frank from his role as Kidd’s top assistant was the result of the first-time head coach wanting to surround himself with “yes men.” The club’s other assistant coaches pleaded with Kidd not to demote Frank, writes Wojnarowski.
The Nets are heavily invested in Kidd, and would certainly rather see him turn things around than have to consider replacing him, but the club is off to a 9-19 start, and the 40-year-old seems to be losing the locker room, according to Wojnarowski.
In a series of tweets, Grantland’s Bill Simmons says players like Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett should shoulder some of the blame for the Nets’ struggles (Twitter links). However, he adds that he keeps hearing that Kidd isn’t working hard, which is a sticking point for the Nets’ veteran players (link). Simmons also says Pierce could soon ask for a trade or buyout, and that Brooklyn would likely replace GM Billy King before firing Kidd (Twitter links). It’s not clear whether all that info is coming directly from sources, but if Simmons is simply speculating, we can assume it’s at least informed speculation.