Nets apparently very serious about Jason Kidd as coach

I don’t really know what Jason Kidd might be like as a coach; he’s just a few weeks past retirement and might be vastly overrating the whole “point guards are just on-court coaches!” thing. But following Marc Stein’s report that the Nets are, in fact, quite serious about talking to Kidd re: their vacant coaching position, I’m just going to put the above passing mix on loop and wonder “Why not?” Why not break the mold of your typical coaching tree and hand the job to a highly respected, high level veteran with franchise ties and the creative elan for that kind of play? Here’s Greg Popovich, talking to Stein about Kidd’s chances: “He certainly has the intuitive skills to know what’s going on out there. Obviously, he would be able to have relationships with the players that he’s had with his coaches throughout. So if that’s what he wants to do, and that’s who [the Nets] want to hire, I think he’s got an opportunity and a possibility to be really, really good at it.” That’s only the best coach in the league giving a full-throated endorsement; here’s us, shrugging and giving a tentative thumbs up. Mark Jackson’s done just fine in Golden State, and no one’s laughed at Kidd that much.





NBA Draft Preview: Sifting through the point guards

As the Nets roster currently stands, it’s hard to see them using a first round pick on a point guard. Deron Williams will eat up the bulk of minutes at the position, C.J. Watson has a player option left on his contract and the team invested a 2012 second round pick on Tyshawn Taylor.

Still, there’s a chance Watson declines to pick up his player option for the veteran’s minimum. Although good friends with Deron from their days in Utah, Watson recently hired a new agent (Jeff Schwartz, of whom Deron is also a client), which could be a sign he’s looking for a bigger deal. Taylor, meanwhile, hasn’t proven himself as a point guard at any level—he mostly played off the ball in college.

If the Nets are looking for a player to help right away, the draft board may fall in such a way they’re inclined to grab a point guard. It’s also important to remember that the Nets’ ten most used lineups had either Deron or Joe on the floor. Unless the new coach has a drastically different philosophy, it’s unlikely the full playmaking burden would fall on a rookie point guard.

Who might the Nets be eyeing at the position? Here are some names to track. Not all are currently projected to go in the range where the Nets pick, but Billy King does have a penchant for moving up or down in the draft.

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Why can’t every game be like this?

Here’s Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans, hanging out with the Lucas Brothers and playing a pickup game in which they’re burdened with all kinds of goofy afflictions. You try to split a double-team when someone’s trying to tickle you and see how easy it is.


At least one member of Vampire Weekend is a Nets fan

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 9.40.52 AMVampire Weekend are very good and very New York, having done more to capture the Gotham mystique than any pop culture actor since Woody Allen. They’ve released a video for “Diane Young,” one of the better songs off the recently released Modern Vampires of the City, in which drummer Chris Tomson is seen sporting a Brooklyn Nets shirt beneath his jacket—a nice sign that in lieu of a championship, at least the Nets have captured local hearts. That, or the black and white goes with just about anything.