When Jason Kidd was named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets everyone assumed that it would help them morph into a team that resembled him as a player — a team that was based on ball movement, defense, and quick tempo. Nearly a month and a half into the season and we’ve seen the exact opposite of that.
The defensive part was the biggest thing and it has become the biggest joke. All offseason, during the preseason, and even once the season started, Kidd mentioned how he wanted this team to, “hang it’s hat on defense.” Instead they are 29th in the NBA with a defensive rating of 107.9.
Passing, which was the hallmark of Kidd’s game, is no where to be seen either. They rank 24th in the NBA with a 15.3 assist ratio and they’re 18th with a 1.32 assist to turnover ratio.
Their tempo has been a joke. They’re old and injured so of course it would be bad, but they currently sit in 28th place in the NBA with a pace, which measures the number of possessions per 48 minutes, of 93.71.
Over the weekend, Kidd appeared to acknowledge that he has given up trying to make this team into a likeness of himself as he admitted their best strategy is probably just go to back to playing iso-ball, a strategy used by Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo.
“This is who we are,” Kidd said. “We have to get the ball inside. We’re not a team that’s going to zoom up and down and try to score 100 points every night.”
Is Jason Kidd a bad coach? Probably. But no matter what you think of him, he really hasn’t left any impact of himself on this year’s squad whatsoever and now seems content to revert into the type of coach that the Nets ran out of town before his arrival.