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Jason Kidd rips veterans, players fire back

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Things are not only bad on the court for the Brooklyn Nets, but now off it as well. According to a report by Sports Illustrated, Jason Kidd is unhappy with his veterans, and they’re firing back. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Kidd spoke about his team, their current five-game losing streak, and the team’s second unit:

“They (second team) deserved to play. I should have let them play the whole game or the whole quarter. They’re playing, you know, for one another. It’s not perfect but that group that gave us an opportunity by cutting it to eight.” (NY Daily News)

Taking shots at his starters, filled with veterans, Jason Kidd felt some backlash from Paul Pierce, who is in his first year with the Nets. Pierce’s response hints at the lack of adjustments made by Kidd during games:

“We got to understand teams aren’t going to play the same way they did in the first half as they did in the second half because teams make adjustments, especially when they are down,” Pierce said. “And we got to realize that and adjust with that.” (NY Daily News)

Not all veterans are angry at Kidd, as Kevin Garnett backed his head coach:

“If we’re not carrying our weight, then obviously [Kidd] is going to put somebody in that is. It’s tough times right now. I think everybody here is embarrassed.”

Things are clearly not good in Brooklyn right now, and the rift between head coach and veteran players won’t make the turnaround a smooth transition. If the Nets want to get it together, the veterans must become leaders and find a way to get wins, otherwise, as Kidd has stated, the second unit will play.

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