Jason Kidd started off his coaching career looking pretty lost as the Brooklyn Nets were the biggest disappointment in the NBA, but it turns out that he is a fast learner. The Association announced on Tuesday that Kidd was named the NBA’s Coach of the Month for the month of March making it the second time this season that he’s won the award.
“It’s not a coach award, it’s the way the guys are playing,” said Kidd, who led the Nets to a 12-4 record last month. “And when the guys are playing great, my job is to stay out of the way. It’s a great honor for those guys. Unfortunately, they put the coach’s name on it.”
Kidd also won the award in January, the month the Nets really started to turn their season around. It was an impressive March though as they not only went 12-4, but were 7-1 against teams with .500 or better records and they managed to hold opponents to fewer than 100 points in 12 of 16 games and all nine at home.
The Nets haven’t just done it with defense though. They scored 104 points or more in their final nine games in March, had a 40.4 shooting percentage from behind the arc, third in the NBA during the month, and led the league with 10.6 steals per game.