Aside from the weak comparison to the Los Angeles Lakers, the biggest criticism the Brooklyn Nets are getting since their trade with the Celtics is focused on Jason Kidd — Is he ready to coach? Can he handle all the egos?
So far Mikhail Prokhorov has called him his Top Gun, former teammate Jason Terry has said that Kidd has basically been coaching his entire career, and now Kerry Kittles, a former teammate of Kidd’s from 2001-2004 said he expects him to be a fine coach.
“He’s been around this game for a long time, so he knows what’s going on as far as players and how they think, so I think he’ll be fine,” Kittles told Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday. “And actually having Kevin Garnett there is going to make it easier for him, because Kevin is going to be another coach in the locker room.”
Kittles, who is currently working on obtaining a master’s degree, compared this team to the Nets team that went to back-to-back championship series in 2002 and 2003. He said that team was more fast paced, but this team will be much smarter.
“They’re definitely different. We were more of a speed team, transition, open court, Jason Kidd pushing the ball,” he said. “I think this team is gonna be a smarter team. They have a lot of experience, so they’ll be able to be more tactical in how efficient they are, and they’ll be able to make adjustments quicker on the fly with whatever strategies the coaches decide to implement, so I’m looking forward to how these guys are gonna play.”