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Friday, December 14, 2012
Lawrence Frank talks Jason Kidd, Barclays

By Mike Mazzeo

Just like everyone else, ex-Nets coach Lawrence Frank is impressed about what his former point guard, Jason Kidd, has been able to accomplish so far with the Knicks.

"How can you not be?" said Frank, who coached Kidd in New Jersey from 2003-08. "The guy is (39) and shooting (52.7) percent from 3. He just continuously evolves and understands what it takes for him to help his team. Look, it's not a coincidence that their culture is starting to change with guys like Jason Kidd on their team."

Kidd’s career appeared to be on a downturn. He shot just 36.3 percent and played only 48 games last season. But he looks very much rejuvenated while playing for the Knicks.

"I tell you, I’d never bet against that guy," Frank said. "That guy is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His will is second-to-none. He’s always going to find a way. He’s just a great competitor. I’d bet on him everyday."

• Frank had already been to the Barclays Center when it was opening. Still, he gushed about the Nets’ new home.

"It’s a beautiful building. It’s a great story in persistence," Frank said. "Bruce (Ratner) was told many times that this would never get done, but he stayed the course."

What did he think of the bus elevator?

"If you went to Disney’s 'Tower of Terror,' this is the slow version," Frank joked.