Dec 16, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd react during first half of NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kidd: Nets had to 'simplify things' on defense


The Brooklyn Nets are finally starting to play well. They have won four out of their last five games, including a 130-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night that improved the team’s record to 9-15.

What does Nets’ head coach Jason Kidd credit for the improvement in play?

“That’s as good as it gets when you simplify things and guys have bought in and guys are doing it at a high level right now,” Kidd told Mike Mazzeo of the ESPN New York.

Kidd demoted Lawrence Frank, who was the team’s defensive coordinator because the two clashed in terms of defensive philosophy.

“I mean, Lawrence was always kind of the defensive guy, so he was talking on defense and he was definitely long-winded when it came to teaching, so I definitely think it’s helped,” Nets’ point guard Deron Williams explained. “We’re a veteran group, we get things pretty easily. So at times when you’re just talking and we’re not practicing, it gets a little lengthy. But I think J-Kidd does a good job of getting his points across quick and easy and then we move on.”

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