tís a mess. The Nets are 9-19 heading into the weekend and itís hard to see how Jason Kidd is going to pull them out of it.
Which could cost him his job, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Hereís the question management is grappling with: Does Brooklyn start unloading its star players and stay the course with the coach, or unload the coach and let someone else coach these star players?
The loss of center Brook Lopez doesnít deliver Kidd the guarantee of surviving his first season as coach. Whatever the dismal Atlantic Division standings say about the Nets trailing first place by only three games, Kidd wonít reach the All-Star break without restoring order to his team.
The report says that as things have gotten worse Kidd has isolated himself in the organization, away from management and the players. Thatís not good.
Struggling teams need a lot of structure and very defined roles for players, which helps them turn things around and start to gain confidence. That isnít happening in Brooklyn, Wojnarowski reports.
More than once, sources said, players have stood in the locker room and told Kidd they donít understand their roles, that thereís confusion about their principles. When the Nets players keep insisting they donít have a team identity, theyíre offering code words for Kiddís inability to give them clear structure, organization and vision.
The report gets into Lawrence Frank being let go, Iím not going to beat that dead horse again. Suffice to say, with Frank gone Kidd doesnít have a scapegoat anymore.
The bottom line is the bottom line ó Mikhail Prokhorov is paying $190 million for this team and he isnít getting the contender he wanted. Heís not even getting a playoff team as of right now. If youíre spending that kind of money, you want your moneyís worth.
If youíre not getting it, you demand changes. That should worry Kidd.
That said, if Kidd is fired GM Billy King and Prokhorovís ownership group need to step to the podium at the press conference and accept the responsibility for the mistakes they made with this hire and roster construction. Weíll see if they would be willing to do that.