The Brooklyn Nets have fallen short of expectations to start the season thanks to a number of issues, so it was only a matter of time until the blame for their struggles began to get directed at the team’s new head coach.
However, as far as Nets stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are concerned, head coach Jason Kidd is not the problem.
From the New York Post:
“Dismal. No one’s happy about how we’re playing. No one likes the current state. But everybody’s willing and committed towards changing it. The way you change it is through work, and that’s what we’re doing,’’ Garnett said. “The blame’s on all of us. It’s not just on Jason. You can’t put the [blame] all on him. We’re players who obviously have to be professional, come out here and do our jobs.’’
“As competitors, we’re angry. Nobody likes to lose,” Pierce said. “Everybody in this group that we’re here with are very angry. Nobody’s happy about losing.
“We’ve got to hold everybody accountable: The players, the coaches, this one big group and we’re all in it together, so it’s not only on [Kidd]. It’s on all of us.’’
It wouldn’t be fair for the team to blame Kidd for their struggles, considering they made the decision to hire him to rally together a new roster of players with no coaching experience, but in professional sports the coaches are usually the first ones to shoulder the blame.
If the Nets really want to put the blame on a certain someone, then they should look at the management who decided to bring in aging stars who are beginning to show they are nearing the end of their careers.