There’s no doubt that Jason Kidd had an up and down season as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Things eventually began to turn around come the latter portion of the season after the Nets, a team predicted by many to be a threat in the Eastern Conference, couldn’t find the win column during the first two months of the 2013-14 campaign.
There was of course alleged turmoil between Kidd and assistant coach Lawrence Frank. And then there was the drink spilling incident. But nothing could have prepared anybody for what would take place during this offseason when Kidd was essentially traded to the Milwaukee Bucks (for a lack of better terms) after a power play within the Brooklyn Nets organization went wrong.
It was a move that shocked many, including players on the Brooklyn Nets roster who told Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders that they were ‘blindsided’ by the news.
It’s an understandable sentiment considering nobody would have expected such to happen, especially after the Nets pushed so hard to hire Jason Kidd before the 2013-14 season. Hell, this was a team who retired his number just a few short months ago so it’s safe to say the marriage between the two parties dissolved extremely quickly.
Whether or not the Nets will be a better team without Kidd marching along their sidelines remains to be seen, but it’s pretty clear that most (if not all) Nets players didn’t expect this to happen. Hopefully the team will be able to focus on basketball moving forward, though this should hang around as a distraction for a little while.