Meanwhile in Brooklyn....
In 2007 Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce joined forces to bring home banner 17 to Boston in only their first year together. In 2010 Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh came together to bring in two banners of their own. Whats my point you ask? SUPER-TEAMS WORK! Or at least they can. Last season Brooklyn brought in Joe Johnson to help them become relevant again, this year they acquired KG, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry, hoping that they would be the final pieces. After an 11-21 start I think it's safe to say that it's not working. But why? Now it could be old age. Maybe we, including myself, were wrong and the former Boston stars just don't have anything left in the tank, however as a devout follower of The Big Ticket and The Truth I can't help but think that maybe it's something else.
If I had to put my finger on it, which I'm totally about to do, I'd say its a coaching problem. Now I don't want to sound like one of those irrational fans who have been calling for Jason Kidd's head the last few weeks but after watching the team play I have certain concerns about his ability to lead. The Nets have the third worst defensive rating in the NBA and are ranked 19th in offensive efficiency. For reference championship basketball is not won with these types of numbers and when you have a defensive savant in KG and two scoring machines in The Truth and Iso-Joe, but still seem to be in the bottom tier of these categories, something is going terribly wrong. Yes it's true, chemistry is not built overnight, although if you watched the 2007-08 Boston team you might think again, but you would think these guys would have started to mesh by now. If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of watching a Nets game this season try not to cringe at the slow, random rotations of the defense or the confusing, assist less isolation plays that seem to occur on the offense. When you take all of this into consideration one thing becomes apparent. Jason Kidd has no idea what in the hell he's doing, and after a basically fired assistant coach, player only meetings, crappy rotations, a court walk off, and some spilled soda, this fact is becoming more apparent. Kidd was quoted recently saying that his team was not putting forth a legitimate effort, which for anyone who knows anything about KG knows that's a load of crap. This is sounding like a desperate attempt to push the blame onto someone else when in fact it is the fault of the head coach.
I have no doubt that Jason Kidd can be a head coach someday, however he needs to spend some time as an assistant and work his way up to it. It makes no sense that they would assign a rookie coach to a veteran team with only a one or two year window to win a championship. My advice, call up the rich Russian owner, have him break out his pocketbook one last time and bring in Lionel Hollins. Hollins is a defensive minded coach who ran a team with a very similar structure in Memphis. If they do that, they may be able to scrap this season and turn themselves into a contending team.