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Jason Kidd is impressed by Kevin Durant (GIF)

Jason Kidd Kevin DurantWhen a guy is playing as well as Kevin Durant is, what can you really do if you’re an opposing team? There isn’t a whole lot, which is why Jason Kidd was left to give nothing but a shrug and smile while watching KD go off against his Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Durant’s streak of 30+ point games came to an end at 12, but it’s not because he wasn’t playing well. In fact, he was so hot early in the game that the Oklahoma City Thunder built such a big lead that he only needed to play 30 minutes in the game. Durant was 12-of-12, including 3-for-3 on 3-pointers and 3-for-3 on free throws in OKC’s 120-95 win. He finished with 26 points.

What more can you do than shrug and smile?

GIF via Royce Young

Jason Kidd not wearing a tie has coincided with Nets’ winning

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The Brooklyn Nets have finally started to string together some wins. After losing six of seven to close out the month of December, the Nets have kicked off January by winning six of seven. While some might argue that the key to success has been the resurgence of Joe Johnson or the ability of players to step up in Deron Williams’ absence, we think Jason Kidd’s wardrobe selections are the answer.

Those of you who follow the Nets may have noticed that Kidd has not been wearing a tie lately. After Brooklyn’s win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, Sekou Smith of NBA.com pointed out that the Nets are 6-1 since Kidd stopped wearing a tie during games. This look obviously wasn’t working for the team:

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Expect to see more of Kidd’s tight undershirts as the season progresses. There’s no sense going back to the old style.

Photo via @cjzero

Jason Kidd reportedly could be fired before All-Star break

Jason KiddRemember how it seemed like the Brooklyn Nets were going to stand by Jason Kidd despite the team’s rocky start? Yeah, well now it seems like they could be more willing to abandon their project.

The Nets are 10-19 and a new report says Kidd is losing support within the organization.

Here’s what Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojarowski reported on Friday:

The Nets had tried to be supportive of Kidd, but patience is running low on the belief he can deliver the structure and organization desperately needed. As the Nets have devolved into chaos, Kidd has increasingly isolated himself within the locker room and organization, sources told Yahoo Sports. From management to players, Kidd has shown an inability to manage crisis and keep the respect of his players.

One of the biggest issues for the team, according to Woj, is that Kidd has not given his team a structure and identity, which has left the players unsure about their roles. Woj calls out Kidd for not working through problems and taking responsibility. He compares Kidd the coach to how Kidd became personality-wise when he was a player.

The lines between Woj injecting his opinion and passing along the feelings of those within the organization are distorted, but it’s pretty clear Kidd is on thin ice. Woj says if things don’t turn around, Kidd could be out by the All-Star break.

You can bet that most of the stuff Woj is writing about now wouldn’t be a problem if the Nets were winning, but now Kidd looks terrible because his team is losing. He needs to turn things around otherwise he’ll be out of his job before long. That seems to be the direction we’re heading.

Jason Kidd reportedly told Lawrence Frank to ‘sit the f— down, don’t f—ing move’

Jason KiddJason Kidd and Lawrence Frank have not had a great relationship since Kidd became the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. The plan was for Frank to help Kidd make the difficult transition from player to head coach, but it has since backfired. Frank has been demoted to providing daily reports for the team and is no longer permitted to sit on the bench.

So what was the breaking point? For starters, Frank was reportedly angry that Kidd did not choose him to be the team’s interim coach when Kidd was serving a two-game suspension for driving while under the influence. Then, there’s also a report from NBA.com about an expletive-laden rant Kidd hurled at Frank following Brooklyn’s loss to the Orlando Magic on Nov. 3.

“Sit the (bleep) down!” Kidd reportedly said. “I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (bleeping) move!”

After the outburst, coaches facing the Nets reportedly thought Frank may have been ill because he was being so quiet on the bench.

Kidd had supposedly tried to go over things one-on-one with players and had ideas that were different from Frank’s. Still, a coaching source said Frank “wouldn’t stop talking.” Frank, who is getting paid $1 million a year to be an assistant, is said to have practiced “passive-aggressive undermining” with Kidd prior to the demotion.

“You know, I don’t know,” Paul Pierce said Monday when asked about Frank, via ESPNNewYork.com. “That’s something for the coaching staff, I think. He worked hard, he did the things that they asked him to do that I thought were on the court. But obviously some behind-the-scenes things that probably went down that didn’t go well with the coaches and that’s why the decision was made.”

Whatever the case, Frank is under contract for several more years with the Nets at $1 million per season. Something will likely have to change.

Lawrence Frank was hurt he wasn’t chosen as Nets interim coach

Jason KiddBrooklyn Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank was demoted on Tuesday by Jason Kidd. As a result, Frank will no longer be on the bench during games and will not be coaching during team practices. Instead, Kidd has assigned him to providing daily reports.

Last month, word surfaced that Kidd and Frank were having friction. Frank was initially supposed to handle Brooklyn’s defensive schemes, which have not been effective during the team’s 5-13 start. But according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein, the tension between Kidd and Frank began to build at the beginning of the season when Frank was not chosen to be the team’s interim head coach.

Kidd was suspended for two games for pleading guilty to driving while under the influence, and he chose assistant coach Joe Prunty to stand in for him while he was out. Unlike Prunty, Frank has previous head coaching experience. He was the head coach of the Nets from 2004-2010 and the Detroit Pistons from 2011-2013.

“This is the decision that I had to make, and we made it and we move on,” Kidd told reporters on Tuesday night after the Nets were trounced by the Denver Nuggets at home. “This is my decision in the sense of what I had to do. It’s about basketball. That’s it.”

The Nets initially planned to have Frank guide Kidd and help him make the transition from player to head coach, but the plan has obviously backfired. Kidd reportedly did not want someone telling him what to do, and as a result Frank is left with a role that seems much less significant than that of an assistant coach.

Jason Kidd demotes Lawrence Frank, won’t let him coach on the bench anymore

Jason KiddJason Kidd has demoted assistant coach Lawrence Frank.

Kidd announced on Tuesday that Frank will no longer be coaching the Brooklyn Nets during practices. Frank also won’t be sitting with the coaches on the bench during games. Instead, Frank has been “reassigned” to providing daily reports, Kidd said.

The announcement should not come as much of a surprise.

We told you two weeks ago that a rift developed between the two and that Kidd and Frank were having friction.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski added this detail:

Frank was the head coach of the New Jersey Nets from 2004-2010 (and an assistant when Kidd came to the Nets in 2001). He became the interim coach during the 2003-2004 season and took over as the head coach until being fired in 2009. Kidd was his point guard for most of that period, and they had a successful run together.

The Nets brought in Frank as an assistant to help guide Kidd as he worked through his first head coaching job, but that did not work out. A source told ESPN’s Marc Stein that the problem was Kidd needed someone to guide him, not tell him what to do. That could explain the root of the discord between the two.

Jason Kidd learned his drink spill move from Del Harris (Video)

Del Harris drink spillLong before Jason Kidd was intentionally spilling drinks on the court to give his team an extra timeout at the end of a game, Del Harris was pulling the same move. How do we know? Mark Cuban reminded us.

The Dallas Mavericks owner tweeted a link to a video of Harris spilling a drink with 2.9 seconds left in overtime of a Mavericks-Chicago Bulls game in the 2008-2009 NBA season. The situation was almost identical — Dirk Nowitzki was at the line and made a free throw to put the Mavs up 114-111. Harris, then an assistant coach with the Bulls, spilled his drink to ice Dirk and give his team some extra time. Kidd was a guard on the Mavs at the time and must have taken note of the move.

Harris told ESPN’s Marc Stein he estimates he used the move three or four times during his career without ever being fined. He told Stein that Kidd’s big mistake was his poor acting skills.

“Jason has got to understand that I have been a SAG member for 17 years. You have to learn how to look sorry for clumsiness instead of clever,” Harris joked to Stein.

Harris wasn’t joking about his SAG membership; he got his SAG card by playing himself in “Space Jam.”

And now that we know Frank Drebin Del Harris of all people pulled off this move, it makes Kidd look less impressive for his creativity.