Brooklyn Nets executives warned Kidd that running off his mentor/assistant/friend/former head coach Lawrence Frank a mere 17 games into a six-year commitment would make the franchise look more dysfunctional off the court than on it.Poor play vs. indifferent play
"All the consequences were laid out for him," a league source said. And Kidd went ahead and put down Frank anyway, quitting on a rocky relationship because it was the easy thing to do.
So is it any surprise that the Nets quit on Kidd again Thursday night, on national TV and on his home Brooklyn floor with the 3-13 New York Knicks in the house? Kidd isn't only coaching a lousy team. Right now, he's coaching a heartless one, too.
The Knicks won by a 113-83 count, outscoring Brooklyn by 18 points in the third quarter, the quarter that routinely serves as a bottomless pit for the Nets.
You know, the quarter that routinely follows the locker room sessions where coaches like Jason Kidd are supposed to make their halftime adjustments.
..."Lawrence Frank is the guy Jason wanted to bring in; nobody inside pushed it on him at all," the league source said. "The relationship didn't work, and as a manager sometimes you have to work through troubles in relationships. It was building for months, and Jason didn't want to try to work through it anymore.
"So the move was made. And as terrible as it looked, at least this much is clear: It's all on Jason now, and nobody else."
In truth, this game reminded you there really is a difference between playing poorly and playing indifferently, not that it’s always evidenced by final box scores and daily standings. The Knicks have played poorly for most of this year, have earned the 4-13 record they carry, but even on nights when they get clobbered there is usually a run — cosmetic as it may be — that makes final scores in games like Portland and Atlanta and Minnesota less gruesome than they ought to be.
They have a glass jaw that is an insult to every tomato can that ever walked into a boxing ring with a glass jaw. They get down and they stay down, and they get down some more, and with one rare exception (the Lakers last week) they end up lapped like an old Pinto racing against a Lamborghini.
One more time: the Knicks led this game by 34 points and won it by 30*.