Monday, June 24, 2013
King says working with Kidd is 'a lot of fun'
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Nets GM Billy King said he likes what he's seeing out of coach Jason Kidd so far.
"Just his knowledge, the things he's talking about -- they're not teaching things right or guys aren't doing things a certain way," King said Monday. "Little things, it reminds me of when you're around guys like Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] or Larry Brown in the fact that he's looking at the little things that they're doing.
"He's not wowed by guys making shots, he's more wowed by a guy setting a screen right or rolling right on the pick and roll. He'll say, 'That was a great pass.' Or he's looking at guys that maybe may not be in the draft that they're here working out for us, and he'll say. 'That guy's got a chance where maybe we can draft him for the D-League.' It's been a lot of fun."
• King said the team will be making some announcements on additions to Kidd's coaching staff in the next couple days.
• Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia and Kris Joseph will all be part of the Nets' Summer League roster, which will be coached by Kidd in July. The team's first-round pick also will be on the roster.
• King had no update on where the Nets stand on bringing Bojan Bogdanovic over from Europe.
• King said he'll be speaking "soon" with the assistants still under contract: Popeye Jones, Mario Elie, Patrick Spurgin and Doug Overton.
• King reiterated that the Nets' needs are more athleticism and shooting (especially for the bench).
• Kidd intends on bringing in another point guard to compete with Taylor for backup minutes behind starter Deron Williams. C.J. Watson is going to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, meaning he might not return, a source told ESPN NewYork.com during the offseason.
• King on where MarShon Brooks, who had a very up-and-down season, fits in: "It's up to him. It's always been up to him."
King pointed out that Joe Johnson didn't play major minutes in his first three years in the league, then became an All-Star -- something Johnson has talked with Brooks about.
"Sometimes it takes patience, understanding and the right coach," King said. "[MarShon]'s been working his butt off this summer."