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Kidd talks summer league, Knicks rivalry

June, 14, 2013
Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd explained Friday why he decided to coach the team’s summer league squad next month.

“I think it’s the best thing to get right into it,” Kidd told ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM's "Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco." “I know that a lot of times head coaches don’t coach summer league, but this gives me time to work on different parts of the game, learning to be a coach, but also my philosophy and plays and the defensive stuff that I’ll get to put in as my system, so I get to see if it works. If it doesn’t work [I get to see] what changes I have to make and work from there.”

Kidd said the key to overtaking the New York Knicks as the top team in New York City is winning a championship.

“I think winning takes care of all that,” Kidd said. “If you can win and be consistent. The Knicks have a great player and a lot of talent over there, those guys that I played with. And we did lose in that second round. But Indiana’s a good team, and sometimes you’re gonna end up losing sometimes in the playoffs because you ran into a better team or a team got hot. So I think the Knicks are going in the right direction. They do have some people that they have to sign back, but I think it’s a great rivalry. It’s very healthy for the city and I think the one thing if Brooklyn can win that gold ball. That kind of speeds up everything ... and Brooklyn will be the No. 1 team in the city.”

Kidd said Knicks fans don’t have to worry that he knows their system because games are decided on the floor.

“The game is played on the court, there’s no secrets,” Kidd said. “You’ve got one of the top players in the world in Carmelo Anthony. You’ve got a very good coach in Mike Woodson. So are there any secrets? No. The game is played on the court. You’ve got to put the ball in the basket or you’ve got to stop the opponent. So I think it’s a great rivalry and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Kidd said he wanted to emulate Magic Johnson as a player and now wants to emulate Mike Krzyzewski and Gregg Popovich as a coach.

Kidd reiterated that he wants his team’s identity to be predicated on defense.

“I think defensively when you look at winning championships or you look at that franchises that have had success and are always being mentioned year after year, you look at the two that are playing right now, Miami and San Antonio. They rely on their defense,” Kidd said. “... That’ll be the first message that I’ll relay to my guys is you’ve got to play good defense because you can’t always score 100 points every night.”

He also added that he wants the team to be able to get more easy baskets and doesn’t want point Deron Williams to have to carry so much of the scoring load.

Kidd’s biggest worry heading into his coaching tenure?

“I think being patient,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing for anybody that’s been successful at any facet of basket or any sport. I understand that I don’t know everything about the game as a coach or as a player, so I’m going to keep working hard. I know I’m going to make mistakes but you have to fall to become better so I accept all that. The biggest thing is just being patient.”

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King: 'Knicks are a team to beat'

November, 7, 2012
Nets GM Billy King doesn’t see the Boston Celtics as his team’s only competition in the Atlantic Division.

“The New York Knicks are gonna be a team to beat in this division,” King told Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s gonna be just Boston.”

Asked if he was going to be paying more attention to the Knicks this season given his team’s move to Brooklyn, King replied, “Nah. I went in thinking the Knicks were gonna be good. They’ve got one of the best players in the league in Carmelo (Anthony), and they’ve got a good supporting cast.”

Coming off an embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in which they blew a 22-point lead and were outscored 32-10 in the fourth quarter, the Nets will take on the defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night. The Miami Heat have beaten the Nets 10 straight times overall, and lead the NBA in points per game (111.8).

The Knicks stunningly beat the Heat by 20 at Madison Square Garden last Friday night.

“They made their shots (19 3-pointers) and didn’t turn the ball over (12 turnovers),” King said. “And that’s what you gotta do, so you can get your defense set."

“You can’t put them on the foul line and you’ve gotta not turn the ball over because they like to get out and run.”

Despite Brooklyn’s 1-1 start, King likes his team, “but we’ve gotta get better defensively.”

“That part of it is going to be a work in progress,” King said. “I think offensively, we can score with anybody. We’ve just gotta get that part of the game (defense) down if we want to be an elite team.”

While it’s an extremely small sample size, the Nets rank 26th in the league in points allowed per game (103.5). They struggled mightily on the defensive end in the fourth quarter of their season-opener, and in the final period on Monday night.

“I think we’ll get better,” King said. “Losing Gerald (Wallace to a sprained ankle) hurts because he gives us the ability to play small.”

King said Nets coach Avery Johnson made some adjustments in Wednesday’s shootaround to compensate for the loss of Wallace, who remains day to day.

King added that the Nets “aren’t in panic mode defensively, but we know we’ve gotta get better at it.” He thinks 20 games will be a good gauge to see where the team is defensively.

Under Johnson, considered a defensive-minded coach, the Nets have finished 21st and 29th, respectively, in defense the last two seasons.

Still, King believes the Nets will be a better team once their newcomers become acclimated to Johnson’s system and buy into it.



Brook Lopez
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8