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Kidd to Nets: Banish Byron

Apparently Jason Kidd has told the Nets to FIRE BYRON SCOTT or he'll go to the Spurs. At what point will David Stern have to put a horse's head in Kidd's bed to keep him in the Eastern Conference? It's already the NBA's answer to Serie B, at some point they've got to balance things back out, especially with Kidd looking at leaving "New York" to go to San Antonio.

The ratings were bad enough for the Spurs-Nets finals, but at least there was a little bit of drama as to who would win. Imagine how bad they'll be when the East team has NO chance. (Unless people tune in just to see the Lakers.)

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This leaves me torn: While I would love to see Kidd go out West, thus causing the Nets to go downhill and Bryon Scott to be exposed as a poor head coach; seeing Lord Byron fired also would provide pleasant emotions. Thus (if you hate Bryon Scott), its a win/win proposition.



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I don't know though. Having your star dictate personnel moves is sending yourself down a bad bad road...



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Hmm, if poor head coaches can get you to the NBA finals, it doesn't speak very well for the importance of having a good head coach.



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    Originally posted by ges7184
    Hmm, if poor head coaches can get you to the NBA finals, it doesn't speak very well for the importance of having a good head coach.


Plus, if Byron Scott is a "poor head coach" what does that make Isiah Thomas?



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    Originally posted by JayJayDean

      Originally posted by ges7184
      Hmm, if poor head coaches can get you to the NBA finals, it doesn't speak very well for the importance of having a good head coach.


    Plus, if Byron Scott is a "poor head coach" what does that make Isiah Thomas?







It makes Isiah a laughingstock. Onto the coaching aspect: Pat Riley. When he had the players, he was considered a genius. When he hasn't had the players, the team sucks. For Lord Byron: In his first season, the Nets were actually worse than the year before he arrived (dropping from 31-51 to 26-56). Get Kidd, and even he is able to get 50 wins once in two seasons. Remember, it was Kidd who said his son could have coached Game 6 better than Lord Byron.



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It looks like the Nets are closer and closer to being a lottery team next year.



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If I were the Nets, I'd give in. San Antonio is about to go into "Panic Mode" over the new Lakers acquisitions, so they'll be going all out to sign Kidd. Plus, we can't forget that if Byron Scott is canned, there's someone else out there who can easily take his place: Rick Carlisle.

Re-sign Kidd, sign Alonzo Mourning, and give the reigns to Carlisle and you'll have a serious contender for next year's title.




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I'm totally with Kidd on this one. Scott's a good coach, but the Nets can win down the road with Kidd and without Scott, and definitely can't the other way around. Mourning won't cost much, Deke will get to play again, and Carlisle would be easy enough to lure since Indiana's showing no signs of wanting to give up on Isiah (and would probably be an upgrade over Scott). Normally I'm against stuff like this... but replacing Scott with Carlisle and signing Mourning only makes sense as long as Kidd comes back.



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Joumana Kidd says husband did not make demands
(http://espn.go.com/nba/news/2003/0710/1579087.html)
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It appears that reported demands made by Jason Kidd are a surprise to him as well.

Kidd's wife, Joumana, said her husband never demanded that the New Jersey Nets fire coach Byron Scott as a means of preventing his free-agent defection to the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

In a phone conversation with ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher, Joumana Kidd denied the reports that her husband delivered his request during a Tuesday night meeting with his agent, team owners and Nets president Rod Thorn.

She went on to say that the Nets would support her husband in that Kidd never made such a demand.

But Thorn issued a statement Thursday, saying he would keep his conversation with Kidd private.

"My policy since I became the President of the New Jersey Nets has been that all aspects of any free agent negotiations remain confidential, and that I will not make any specific comments until those negotiations have been concluded," the statement said. "In keeping with this policy as it pertains to the current Jason Kidd free agency negotiations, I will not be making any further comments until Jason makes his final decision."

According to a report in Thursday's New York Post, several league sources said Kidd would only return to the Nets if Scott was fired. The newspaper also says Kidd demanded that the team upgrade its talent.

Kidd and Thorn could not be reached for comment by the Post.

Agent Brian McInerney, who has represented Scott since his playing days as a Laker, told the Post that he spoke with Kidd's agent, Jeff Schwartz, after learning of the player's demands.

"I [talk] to Jeff Schwartz frequently and we both believe that whatever is decided should be decided in a professional manner and not in a public debate," McInerney told the newspaper Wednesday night. "I doubt the validity of this meeting without an official comment from Rod Thorn.

"These releases harm the franchise, harm the players, harm players' families. Everything should only be released through Rod Thorn."

According to one of the tabloid's sources, Kidd told ownership that his complaint stems from Scott's in-game coaching. After the Nets lost the NBA Finals in six games -- Scott was criticized for his fourth-quarter adjustments -- sources told the Post that Kidd told New Jersey's brass his son "T.J. could have coached a better quarter."

Scott wasn't buying it. Asked by the Post if he sensed any ill feelings or animosity from Kidd in their two seasons together, Scott quickly said, "No, not at all."

The two have appeared to be able to work together in the past and, according to the Post's account, have had an amicable relationship away from the court. But during the season there were rumblings of a rift, that Kidd disapproved of Scott's coaching decisions.





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    The ratings were bad enough for the Spurs-Nets finals, but at least there was a little bit of drama as to who would win. Imagine how bad they'll be when the East team has NO chance. (Unless people tune in just to see the Lakers.)


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