It's kinda the elephant in the room with Jason Kidd and his role as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Simply put, with veterans, like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, a court general in Deron Williams and tons of other experienced talent on the roster, Kidd isn't going to have to do much coaching this upcoming season. It hasn't really been spoken on...until yesterday when an interview with the Knicks' Raymond Felton was published on All Ball.
Are we surprised? No. But what did surprise us was how Felton also threw a veiled jab at Phil Jackson in the process. Here's the quote in its entirety and we'll revisit the topic below.
ME: You spent last season playing with Jason Kidd. What kind of coach do you think he’ll be this season in Brooklyn?
FELTON: I think he’ll be a great coach, but at the end of the day, he’s not going to have to do too much coaching. He can do like Phil Jackson did — he might have drawn something up out of the timeouts, he might have talked about a couple of things during halftime, but Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, those guys ran the team, they made the game. You’ve got Deron Williams, one of the best point guards in the league, you’ve got Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, those guys understand the game and they’re veterans, so there’s not too much coaching you can do. But he’s going to be great for Deron. He was great for me last year. He made my game better. He made me look at a lot of things a whole lot differently, as far as on the court and off the court. So mentally, he’s going to be great for D, without a doubt. He’s going to make him better mentally, and make him better when he’s on the court. The team themselves? Really, they’re going to be fine on their own. As far as a coach, he’s going to be a great coach. A guy who knows the game the way he does, played the game at the level he played, he’s going to be a great coach. Especially as a point guard, because as a point guard you have to understand every position. Say a coach has 50 plays, you’ve got to know 50 plays, but you’ve got to know every position for every play. That’s something a lot of people don’t understand. So he knows every position. It’s going to take him time to get used to going from playing last year to being a head coach this year, but I think overall he’s going to be a great coach.
So, the guy who molded the triangle offense around the respective games of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and worked on bringing Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers back to the mountaintop in back-to-back seasons did nothing but say a couple things and draw some plays out of a timeout? FOH! Look, we understand what you're saying about J-Kidd not really needing to do much coaching but don't rope the Zen Master into the conversation, fam. Say that about someone like Erik Spoelstra, not Jackson.
Unless people entirely agree with what Felton said. Sound off in the comments section.
[via All Ball]