Friday, January 24, 2014
Starting Five: Kidd faces former team
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- It wasn't too long ago that Jason Kidd won a championship as a player under Rick Carlisle.
On Friday night, the two will coach against one another, when Carlisle's Dallas Mavericks take on Kidd's Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
Kidd has always thought the world of Carlisle.
"He's one of the best in the league, he's been doing it for a long time," Kidd said. "He has the the Mavs playing at a high level this year and also with the likes of Dirk [Nowitzki] that helps a coach."
While Kidd was playing for Carlisle, he began keeping a coaching notebook -- as has been reported before -- knowing that he eventually wanted to be a coach one day.
"I kept approaches and different plays, and also just how to handle different situations," Kidd said.
Kidd is looking forward to coaching against his former team.
"It's always good to see old friends," Kidd said. "They're playing well over there, so we'll have our hands full."
Mavericks owner Marc Cuban has said he no longer has beef with Kidd, who left Dallas for New York after previously committing to re-sign there.
"I hope Jason does well," Cuban said. "I really do. I mean, we had a little falling out, but that's behind us. That was a one-year grudge. It's over."
Back in December, though, Cuban, who famously never met with Deron Williams because he was filming "Shark Tank," said he was glad his franchise wasn't "stuck" like the Nets salary cap-wise.
"That's exactly right," Cuban said. "You get stuck. That's exactly what I thought. ... That was definitely a fear."
Should be a fun one, considering D-Will always seems to get up for games against his hometown Mavericks.
In case you missed it: Take a look at the Nets new alternate jerseys (inspired by the Brooklyn Dodgers). D-Will won't play in 2014 World Cup. The Pelicans waived Tyshawn Taylor. Kevin Garnett looks to stay healthy and Teague looks for a new start.
Question: What do you think is going to happen Friday night?
Stat of the day: The Nets are 10-1 with Shaun Livingston in the starting lineup.
Up next: Nets versus Mavericks Friday night at Barclays Center.