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#pounditSunday, November 28, 2021

Joe Johnson on Nets under Jason Kidd: We practiced, but not really

Jason KiddHow’s this for an indictment of the way Jason Kidd coached the Brooklyn Nets?

At Nets media day on Friday, Nets guard Joe Johnson was asked about the practice styles of former Nets head coach Jason Kidd and the team’s new coach, Lionel Hollins. Johnson says Hollins cares a lot about practice. As for Kidd, not so much.

“We practiced but … not really,” Johnson said with a laugh, getting laughs from the reporters as well.

Kidd and the Nets struggled to start the season, leading to speculation that the rookie head coach would lose his job. Once more of his players got healthy, the team started to win and made the playoffs. Then Kidd abruptly left for the Milwaukee Bucks.

I wonder if Kidd’s attitude towards practice had anything to do with his friction with Lawrence Frank, who was his former assistant. It’s also interesting that we heard the exact same thing about Mark Jackson, who was let go by the Warriors.

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