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Kidd confident Nets can right the ship

12/5/2013

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd thinks his team is ready to turn it around.

“We all feel confident we have enough to win,” Kidd said Thursday night. “This team was built with depth [to withstand injury]. We’ve asked guys to do a little bit more. They’ve accepted their challenge in that locker room, that confidence that we can win and we can turn this thing around.

“It’s just a matter of getting healthy, but at the same time the guys that are playing are getting better and we’re closer than maybe the public thinks, but we really think we have a great opportunity.”

Why does Kidd feel that way?

“When we break it down, it’s two stops a quarter. Being able to finish the play, get the rebound. That’s as simple as it gets,” he replied.

On facing Carmelo Anthony: “He’s one of the best in the world, so he’s going to make it as tough as possible.”

On this game considering both teams were projected to do way better: “I think it’s still a big game. You’re talking about Brooklyn and New York. You’ve still got two teams that believe they’re gonna make it to the playoffs. ... I think both teams are gonna find a way.”

Woodson on Kidd: Knicks coach Mike Woodson thought Kidd "absolutely" was going to stay with the Knicks as a player.

"I was surprised, but again, Jason has spent a long time in this league and he has the right to retire and move on," Woodson said. "Obviously he had something else going and he ended up here as a head coach, but we would have loved to have him back, but that just hasn't been the case."