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Your Morning Dump… Where Jason Kidd is pissing everyone off (except Danny Ainge)

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 30, 2014 Around the NBA, The Morning Dump 18 Comments

 

 

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

If you did the right thing and had a life this weekend, you might have missed Jason Kidd becoming one of the biggest buffoons in NBA history.  You can get properly caught up here, here, and here, but I’ll give you the quick version:

Jason Kidd, after one mediocre season in Brooklyn, decided he wanted full control of the Nets.  The Nets, wisely, said no.  In the meantime, Kidd was talking to his buddy, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, in the background about taking a job there.  So when Brooklyn told Kidd to focus on coaching, he told Brooklyn to focus on his middle finger as he walked out the door and got an interview with the Bucks.

Keep in mind, Bucks coach Larry Drew and GM John Hammond didn’t know about any of this.  They found out when we did.  So as I was glued to Twitter at a bar on Saturday night, Hammond and Drew were getting texts from friends asking “WTF is up w/Kidd? U fired now?”

It’s hard to fully comprehend Jason Kidd’s out-of-control ego.  Coupled with a total lack of self-awareness, it has thrown him way off course in his new career.  The same ego that drove him as a player is now turning him into a monster of a problem on the other side of things.

Kidd has now alienated the Nets organization that gave him a chance to prove himself.  He overplayed his hand and now the Milwaukee Bucks may be ready to push Drew and Hammonds out of a moving car just to give Kidd a chance to drive it into a lake.  Kidd’s losing friends fast in the NBA, and one of his last ones is about to make a huge mistake with him in Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, we here in Celtics nation can sit back and laugh as we watch the value of those unprotected picks acquired in the Pierce trade grow.  Starting in 2016, the Celtics have three straight years of Brooklyn picks (2016, 2018 are Boston’s outright, 2017 is the right to switch places), and this Kidd implosion could be what turns them into lottery picks.

Mikhail Prokhorov is already listening to offers for the Nets.  He’s looking to turn a $223 million investment into a billion dollar jackpot after seeing what the LA Clippers sold for.  Prokhorov’s stake also includes almost half the Barclays Center, which becomes increasingly valuable as it becomes home to the New York Islanders and also gains footing as a major venue for other shows and events in New York City.

He’s already cutting back on the spending as it is, in his efforts to improve the team’s value and bottom line.

Now, Prokhorov has indicated to suitors he will not be so free with the cash, sources said.

Prokhorov, who bought a controlling stake in the Nets in 2010, has quietly indicated he will keep his payroll under the luxury-tax threshold starting in the 2015-16 season, one source with direct knowledge of the auction said. “It will take a year to get to the salary cap,” the source said.

Throw this Kidd mess into the picture and you wonder if Prokhorov will say enough is enough with the NBA and try his hand at something else.  His wanton spending didn’t work at all.  Hiring Kidd blew up in his face.  If someone is willing to pay him a billion dollars and quadruple his return, he might just toss up the deuces and say dasvidaniya, Brooklyn.

If Danny Ainge can make the right moves over the next two years, the Celtics could be in the enviable position of adding lottery picks to a good team… bolstering a roster with young talent under no pressure at all to contribute immediately as a superstar.

As this Kidd mess comes to a head in Brooklyn and Milwaukee, Ainge must be sitting in his office with a mile-wide Cheshire grin.  The long-term plan put in place with the Pierce/Garnett trade is playing out better than he could have ever imagined.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston:  Bradley and the back up(s) plan  |  Boston.com: Trade Rondo?  Celtics should make every attempt to build around him  |  CSNNE:  Bulpett & Welsh: What to expect from C’s offseason

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  • Slap Dog Hoops

    That is pretty messed up, but the sad fact of the matter is that the NBA is a business and if the Bucks feel that they are better business wise with Kidd, then they will go for it.

  • dk

    This storyy is effffffffing insane! When I saw you guys writing about this on Twitter I couldn’t believe it. Kidd is out of his mind! In what universe does this happen? My only take concerning C’s lottery picks from BK was–doesn’t it actually help BK to get rid of Kidd (since he sucks) and get LIonel Hollins to step in? I was actually hoping Kidd would take over as GM and further screw them over. If they get Mark Jackson or Hollins I actually think they’d be better off…I also think keeping the crazy Russian Billionare might help us too since he seems to be very impatient and willing to do crazy things which would probably backfire and hurt the team more.

  • Lee in Oregon

    worst power-play in history of NBA, is anyone surprised? Somewhere, Lawrence Frank is smiling…

  • adam

    KG and Pierce are gone correct?

    • Jaedre

      Pierce is FA and KG will be back for his final year i believe.

      • adam

        Thanks for the info.

        • Jaedre

          No problem Sir

  • forever_green

    Man & the Nets retired Kidds number, what an ass.

    • eddysamson

      Do you expect any less from a guy who hits his wife?

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  • Rich Jensen

    The problem with selling the Nets for $1B+, is that the team is losing money hand over fist. Per an NBA memo leaked to Zach Lowe, the Nets lost $144M last season.

  • bill_nair

    Kidd is a waste of space. Hopefully he leaves a curse on BKN cause him leaving only helps them out.

  • frickenWaaaltah

    Eh this is obviously going to decrease the value of those Nets picks. Kidd is the easy choice for worst coach in the NBA right now, so whoever they pick will almost certainly do better.

    Kidd’s end game coaching in the playoffs was as bad as I’ve ever seen. Like every time, the Nets were just all over the place down the stretch, and the clock just flew by. He’d keep calling Joe Johnson’s number for one forced and missed shot after another. The Raptors had every chance to beat them. Yeah the Raptors were 3 and the Nets 6, but come on, it should have been the other way around in the first place. And against Miami…forget it. No organization means you won’t be in a close game with a team like that…so they barely even put up a fight.

  • frickenWaaaltah

    This is all really mind blowing, the more I think about it. Kidd did it all to himself, and yet he was kind of right for once. The Nets GM has gotten more hosed than anybody out there now; unless it’s all because of ownership meddling with the decision making, they are the chump at the table until they get a better GM.

    So Kidd’s mistake was trying to take all the power himself instead of just begging for a new/better GM. And if he had just not rocked the boat, he’d somehow still be coaching the Nets even after their embarrassing regular season and hideous playoff run.

  • art

    I’m puzzled as to why this article is equating Jason Kid with Brooklyn Nets success. Rather It would be makeup of the roster that makes Brooklyn successful. Brooklyn may even end up with a better coach than Kidd, which probably will not be hard to do.