EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -– Jason Kidd says he and Mikhail Prokhorov can settle any differences on the basketball court in a game of one-on-one.
Otherwise, Kidd says he will leave all the talking to the Nets.
On Monday, Prokhorov spoke about Kidd’s departure for the first time and said, “I think there is a nice proverb in English: Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you.”
Kidd was asked about the Russian owner’s comments Tuesday morning at the Milwaukee Bucks’ shootaround in Indianapolis.
"I'm no longer in Brooklyn," Kidd said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Unfortunately they keep talking about it. I don't. I'll let them keep talking.
"Now if it was me and him playing one-on-one on the court, that would be fine."
Kidd later added, “You would have to ask him [Prokhorov] why they keep talking about it."
All of this sets up nicely for Kidd’s return to Brooklyn on Nov. 19 when the Bucks face the Nets.
Prokhorov made his comments Monday at the Nets’ home opener and was asked about the split with Kidd for the first time.
“I think we shouldn’t get mad,” said Prokhorov, who doesn't speak to the media often. “I think we should get even. And we will see it on the court.”
Prokhorov hired Kidd in a bold move despite the former Nets franchise player having never coached before. The union lasted one season after sources said Kidd sought say over personnel in addition to his coaching responsibilities and was rebuffed by ownership. Kidd denies asking for more power.
Kidd was granted permission to talk to the Bucks and eventually was traded to Milwaukee for two second-round picks in June. The Nets replaced Kidd with Lionel Hollins.
Last month, Kidd intimated for the first time since his departure that reports by ESPNNewYork.com and Yahoo! Sports that management strongly considered making a coaching change in December when the Nets were in the midst of a 10-21 start may have played a role in his divorce with the franchise. Prokhorov ultimately stuck with Kidd after seeing that the first-year coach had control of the locker room and the players’ backing.
“Did I want to be traded?" Kidd said to ESPNNewYork.com last month when asked if he wanted to leave the Nets. "I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors, that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs."
Nets management has denied suggesting a coaching change in December.
In two weeks, the Nets and Kidd will see each other again.
"It's one of 82,” Kidd said to the Journal Sentinel. “I'm only worried about tonight [against Indiana]. I've been in hostile environments as a player, as a coach.
"I think it's a part of the game,” he added. “I think the one thing we can all learn from this is class."