I’ve never been a fan of the Brooklyn Nets hiring of Jason Kidd. Especially once the Nets acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. A rookie head coach with NO assistant coaching experience, saddle with a team with no clear identity. Just seemed like a recipe for disaster. But, I was cool with taking a wait and see approach.
Two weeks into the season an anonymous NBA scout has said Jason Kidd doesn’t do anything on the bench. That the actual coaching aspect of his job has been left to the Assistant Coaches.
A veteran scout, interviewed earlier in the day and speaking on the condition of anonymity, called Kidd’s bench comportment “terrible,” observing that the play-calling has fallen mostly to his top assistants, Lawrence Frank and John Welch.
“He doesn’t do anything,” said the scout, who has watched the Nets several times. “He doesn’t make calls. John Welch does all the offense. Lawrence does all the defense. … I don’t know what Kidd does. I don’t think you can grade him and say he’s bad. You can give him an incomplete.”
The same scout said he had counted only 15 plays run by the Nets in the games he has watched. Multiple observers have noted that the Nets offense lacks any discernible flow, as if the stars are all simply taking turns with the ball.
The team recently held a players only meeting following a loss to the Portland Trailblazers on Monday. The Nets are currently 3-7. When Jason left the bench in summer league to take a cell call, that should’ve given everyone a preview what to expect of him this season.