The Brooklyn Nets parted ways in-season with Head Coach, Kenny Atkinson. With a win-now team going into next year, they should consider a reunion with Jason Kidd.
Agree or disagree with the Brooklyn Nets dismissal of Kenny Atkinson, one thing is certain; he did his job. Atkinson was brought to the team as a first-time head coach with an expertise in player development. His job wasn’t about winning, it was about taking the underdeveloped players and turning them into successful role players. Mission accomplished. Now that the team is ready to win, a wildcard candidate to consider is former Nets head coach, Jason Kidd.
After a Hall of Fame career as a player, Kidd returned to the Nets for a second stint. This time as their coach. Kidd was hired for the 2013-2014 season when Brooklyn acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry. Not even a full year into his retirement as a player, Kidd led the team to a Conference Semifinal finish.
A disconnect between Kidd and the front office led to an unusual trade. The coach was dealt to Milwaukee. After his acrimonious departure, why would the Brooklyn Nets bring him back?
When the Nets “traded” Kidd, the majority owner was Mikhail Prokhorov, and the General Manager was Billy King. Brooklyn is now under a new regime with Owner Joseph Tsai and GM Sean Marks. The roster has been overhauled, which leaves nothing resonating from this first head coaching turn. The fan base still adores Kidd. They still remember his part in two finals appearances.
The Brooklyn Nets ready to win now, which makes Jason Kidd a good fit. Kidd is widely respected by the top players around the league, being one recently himself. He has experience coaching top players such as Joe Johnson and Deron Williams.
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Kidd would also be taking a team with two superstars in their primes, unlike when he had Garnett and Pierce.
Brooklyn also has two future stars in Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie as well as talented role players Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen. Kidd would be able to do more with this Nets team than he did the first time around.
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