Posted November 25, 2013

Jason Kidd takes shot at Nets’ starters after loss, Paul Pierce fires back

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Jason Kidd (Brock Williams-Smith/Getty Images)

Jason Kidd is searching for answers after his team’s 3-10 start. (Brock Williams-Smith/Getty Images)

The Nets lost their fifth straight game on Sunday – 109-97 to the Pistons – and were booed off the court by their own fans as the season they had such high hopes for continues to go awry.

And now there are some shots being taken in the locker room.

Rookie head coach Jason Kidd benched his starters to begin the fourth quarter on Sunday, and he said he should have let the second team finish the game.

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“They deserved to play. I should have let them play the whole game or the whole quarter,” Kidd told the New York Daily News about his second unit. “They’re playing, you know, for one another. It’s not perfect but that group that gave us an opportunity by cutting it to eight.”

Paul Pierce took a shot back at Kidd, saying the coach needs to make better halftime adjustments. The Nets, who led by seven at the half, lost the third quarter 34-15 and have been outscored by a combined 96 points in the third quarters of their 10 losses.

 “We got to understand teams aren’t going to play the same way they did in the first half as they did in the second half because teams make adjustments, especially when they are down,” Pierce said. “And we got to realize that and adjust with that.”

However, Kevin Garnett understood why Kidd benched the starters.

“If we’re not carrying our weight, then obviously [Kidd] is going to put somebody in that is. It’s tough times right now.

“I think everybody here is embarrassed.”

The Nets visit the Raptors on Tuesday before hosting to the Lakers on Wednesday.

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13 comments
Olivia
Olivia

A great player does not necessarily translate into a good coach. Spoestra and Vogel in fact never played professional ball.The Nets should just admit they made the wrong decision and hire a new coach.They are not just losing, they are losing by huge margins.

joe120
joe120

Just a bad combination of old overpriced players and a rookie coach who doesn't know what he's doing

RickDesper
RickDesper

You know, Kidd's comment isn't a "shot at the starters" and Pierce's isn't a "shot at the coach."  

Kidd's comment is a compliment of his bench players and Pierce's is a statement about the team as a whole.

Bad job.

jasonxp
jasonxp

GJ cising this up with the headline, Chris Mascaro. SMH.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler

This is a paid distribution to get more hits. I clicked on the link because I thought the headline was real. Fool me once SI!...

DarrylFox
DarrylFox

Red Auerbach said you criticize privately and praise publicly.  get this idiot a copy of Red's book.

FanonHutchinson
FanonHutchinson

Umm..where did Pierce mention Jason Kidd by name in saying that he should make better second half adjustments?? His quote was:

 "We got to understand teams aren’t going to play the same way they did in the first half as they did in the second half because teams make adjustments, especially when they are down,” Pierce said. “And we got to realize that and adjust with that.” 

How does the word "we" translate into Jason Kidd??

nard100
nard100

I love it when sports franchise owners go bargain basement and expect spectacular results.  What a joke that Pierce is flapping his gums like he caould play any better with superior coaching.  LOL

9stooges
9stooges

Kidd and Pierce are both right here. The starters should be benched and Kidd is in over his head. What were they thinking, going with a guy who has never coached before at any level to try and run that veteran team?

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

I don't know anyone outside of some of their delusional fans or their players that thought this team was going to be a real contender for anything.  I figured they'd be a bit closer to .500 but the fact that this is not a good team isn't really a surprise. 

But at least they didn't mortgage their future for it...oh wait. 

rmslives
rmslives

Where are these shots the headline alludes to?  Sounds like a coach and a player explaining the game.  I didn't hear either side calling out the other.  

IronGunz
IronGunz

Spo averaged a triple double at Portland State though. 

DSM
DSM

@nard100 As the Nets have the highest payroll in the NBA, what was the bargain basement approach? I do not think they turned down any interested higher priced coaches--they wanted the glamor of Kidd, which may have been a mistake, but of a different sort.