Despite a 6-14 start in his first year on the sidelines, "the clock isn't ticking" on Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.
Kidd isn’t in as much trouble as you’d think. The Nets don’t believe they’ll get an accurate picture of what he can do as a coach until they’ve got their full complement of players. That means the clock isn’t ticking on him until after Deron Williams comes back and starts playing regularly.
Kidd hasn't yet had a full stable of players: Brook Lopez, Andrei Kirilenko, Deron Williams, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce have all battled injuries in the first month of the season. Lopez, Williams, Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson have only logged 78 minutes together, via NBA.com/stats, so it makes sense that Brooklyn wants to see how Kidd's starting lineup fairs with a larger sample size.
But, through 20 games, Kidd's coaching debut has been disastrous. The Nets are the worst defensive team in the NBA and one loss away from the bottom of the league's worst division.
Tension heightened to an all-time high last week when Kidd demoted Lawrence Frank, one of the highest paid assistant coaches ever, from the sidelines to "daily report" duty. After demoting Frank, Brooklyn lost two straight games by more than 30 points before picking up a win Saturday against the lowly Bucks.