Despite having a giant offseason, acquiring big man Kevin Garnett, swingman Paul Pierce and guard Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets are just 6-14. First-year head coach Jason Kidd, who spent last season playing for the New York Knicks, has taken most of the blame. He’s purposely spilled a drink when he was out of timeouts, demoted his most well-respected assistant (and former head coach) and has looked lost at times despite having an obvious talent advantage in most games.
Now, Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers, who drew praise for the way he handled Garnett and Pierce in Boston as head coach of the Celtics, is piling on.
“He can score anywhere,” Rivers told Howard Beck of Bleacher Report when asked about Pirece. “I think he was more uncomfortable with the short minutes that they were (playing him), like they did with Kevin. And that’s not Paul. Paul doesn’t work under those type of minutes—at least, in my opinion he doesn’t. He’s a guy that needs a rhythm to play. In Kevin’s case, on a 20-minute restriction, of course his numbers are going to be down. So I think at some point, he probably is going to have to play more minutes to improve, so he can get a better rhythm himself.”
It’s hard to question Rivers’ track record and it’s easy to question Kidd’s, so this is something else that probably won’t go well for the Nets’ head coach.