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Most NBA head coaches don't go anywhere near their franchise's Summer League team, as it is usually full of rookies and fringe players just looking to earn an NBA contract.
Clearly, Jason Kidd is not like most NBA head coaches. Kidd will be coaching the Brooklyn Nets summer leaguers in order to garner as much sideline experience as possible before beginning his first regular season as a head coach. Kidd, who retired after the 2013 playoffs after one season with the New York Knicks, wasted no time in campaigning and eventually being hired for the Nets head coaching position.
So, how did J-Kidd do in Brooklyn's first Summer League game?
Well, the Nets didn't win, as the team fell to the Pistons 76-67, but the score doesn't really tell the whole story. The Pistons brought an extremely talented roster to the Orlando Summer League, including lottery pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, guard Kris Middleton and second-year player Andre Drummond (who is probably the best overall player in the tournament).
Kidd, on the other hand, had a much less polished team to coach up, led by Tyshawn Taylor and the athletic but raw Mason Plumlee.
The Nets kept the game close up until the final minute, closing to within four with 1:39 left in regulation. Kidd got to show off some coaching savvy in the final two minutes by having his players foul Drummond as soon as he caught the ball. Drummond, who shot just 37.1 percent on free throws in his rookie year, rewarded Kidd's decision by clanking both foul shots.
The most positive aspect of Brooklyn's performance was definitely the team's defense, which held the Pistons to 37 percent shooting from the field. Some of the defensive credit must be given to Lawrence Frank, the elite assistant coach whom Kidd brought in to plan defensive schemes for Brooklyn, but Kidd was clearly able to motivate his team to dive after loose balls and close out hard on shooters, and this allowed the Nets to keep this game close for much longer than it should have been.
It will be interesting to see what adjustments Kidd makes on the offensive end for the team's next game. Taylor is a solid scorer and Plumlee is a good finisher around and above the rim, but Kidd does not have much else to work with. Is he creative enough to call sets that can get these players easy buckets? If he can do that consistently this summer, he will have a very long career as a head coach in the NBA.
There is still a lot to see before a real judgement can be made about Jason Kidd's coaching ability, but he is off to a solid start.
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Jason Kidd made his NBA head coaching debut for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday afternoon during a summer league game against the Pistons. It didn’t go as smooth as J-Kidd likely hoped – not only did the Nets lose 76-67, but Kidd also got his first technical foul as a coach during the game for wandering too far out of the coaching box. Looks like Kidd has got quite a bit to learn...
Many have wondered how Jason Kidd, a guy who has zero coaching experience, would fair in his first year on the bench. Well, he got his first taste of action Sunday during the Orlando Summer League and he promptly received his first technical foul.
Kidd spent most of the afternoon looking relaxed but intense during the Brooklyn Nets’ first summer league game. But he got off the...
Jason Kidd made his NBA head coaching debut for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday afternoon during a summer league game against the Pistons.
The Nets lost 76-67, and Kidd got his first ever technical foul, but not for arguing a call or anything like that. Kidd got the technical for wandering too far outside of the coaching box.
Heat columnist Ethan Skolnick said that Kidd chalked it...
Jason Kidd is wasting no time getting in good with his Brooklyn Nets players. He gave some nice compliments to Deron Williams.
There was a relaxed intensity about Jason Kidd at the Orlando Summer League, applauding the effort by players, talking with assistants and yelling instructions from the bench.
Then he received his first technical as an NBA coach.
Brooklyn's new coach got off the bench Sunday, walked across half court to challenge a foul call and was teed up with 2:23 left in the Nets' 76...
Nets head coach Jason Kidd received a technical in his first game as an NBA head coach at the Orlando Summer League on Sunday. With 2:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, Kidd got called for the T after crossing midcourt as he talked to the refs about a foul call. Keep in mind this is a summer league game, technicals are hard to come by!
Kidd’s reaction via Newsday after the game...
Hey, give Jason Kidd a break, he’s new at this whole head coaching thing. Really new.
In a lot of ways, Kidd is in an unenviable position heading into the 2013-14 NBA season. Not only does he have to learn on the fly how to be a head coach, just months removed from being a player on the court, but there are some serious expectations in Brooklyn. After the acquisition of Paul Pierce...
Jason Kidd has had a lot of firsts. I won’t list them all here, but for instance, I’m sure he learned to walk at some point in his life. Yesterday, coaching in his first ever NBA basketball game, he got himself a technical foul for leaving the coaching box to argue a foul. I expect plenty more of these to follow – Jason Kidd clearly gets in and out of boxes.
Kidd Is A Liar...
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Jason Kidd is considered one of the greatest point guards in NBA history but, as the new Brooklyn Nets head coach, the future Hall of Famer may have a knack for throwing assists to his players off the court as well.
Kidd, who led a group of no-name Nets to consecutive NBA Finals a decade ago, actually believes the Nets now have a better point guard in Deron Williams than his teams...
In Summer League? Really?
New Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd get his first sniff of being a head coach in the NBA during today’s Orlando Summer League game against the Detroit Pistons.
Nearing the end of the game, J-Kidd got called for a technical and provided us with this classic response per Andy Vazquez of the New Jersey Record:
So, Jason Kidd got a technical foul. In a summer league game. His response...