Are The Brooklyn Nets Better Off Without Jason Kidd?
On Saturday night, Jason Kidd surprised, well, pretty much everyone in the sports world when he interviewed with the Milwaukee Bucks for their head coaching position. And it was surprising for two different reasons. First, it was surprising because the Bucks already had a head coach Larry Drew in place at the time. So it didn’t seem like they were actually looking for a coach. And two, it was surprising because Kidd broke into the NBA as a head coach last summer with the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets really took a risk by hiring Kidd to be their coach, so surely he wasn’t going to leave them in the dust so quickly, right? Er, wrong.
As it turns out, Kidd was trying to make a power play by interviewing with the Bucks. He wanted the Nets to give him more power and to allow him to make more front-office decisions. But when that plan backfired and the Nets balked at the idea of giving him more money or more power, he decided to take the Bucks job. And the Bucks apparently wanted him so badly that they fired Drew and sent two second-round draft picks to the Nets in exchange for the coaching rights to Kidd. And from where we’re sitting, that was a great move by the Nets. Because even though they lost Kidd, they may actually be a better position, at least as far as their coaching staff is concerned, with Kidd out of the picture.
Last season, Kidd did lead the Nets to the playoffs after getting off to a slow start. But his short tenure with the Nets was marred by several controversial incidents—including one that saw him spill soda on the court on purpose last fall in order to get a free timeout—and it was pretty evident that Kidd clashed with his fellow coaches and the front office on several different occasions. Additionally, Kidd has a history of causing trouble in cities and then moving onto new teams that extends back to his early days as a player. And it seemed like that history was going to repeat itself if he stayed with the Nets, due to the rocky relationship that was forming between himself and the Nets upper management.
With all of that in mind, it was probably best for the Nets to trade the rights to Kidd and to start fresh again with a new veteran coach. It’ll give them a better chance to win in the near future and it’ll give them two draft picks in 2015 and 2019 that could potentially be pretty valuable, especially when you consider that the Bucks haven’t been very good in recent years.
What do you think about the Nets parting ways with Kidd so soon after signing him to be their head coach? Was it the right move for them to make, or should they have forced Kidd to stick around for at least another season?