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Jason Kidd : These Pros Aint Loyal

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Jason Kidd had survived one eventful season as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. The team had expectations to win the Eastern Conference with him at the helm and the talent and experience of the roster. The team started out very slow and Kidd was not the most popular guy in coaching at that time. He looked way out of place with his blank stares and quiet demeanor on the sideline. That, coupled with his inexperience, had some asking for him to be fired. But when the calendar turned to 2014, the Nets began their ascent to the playoffs. Brooklyn finished with a 44-38 record, good for sixth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. And to top it all off, the Nets actually made it out of the first round by upsetting the Toronto Raptors in seven games. Despite not living up the lofty expectations, Kidd saved his job and looked to be making his imprint as the coach of the Nets. But all that came to a screeching halt when the news dropped of his failed power play this offseason.

Kidd approached the Nets wanting more control of who was on the roster and the decisions that were made in management. He was ultimately turned down, which led to the biggest surprise this offseason. The young coach and veteran NBA player is now in line to become the president of basketball operations and coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and coach of the team after the organization came to agreement with the Nets. Yes I said the Milwaukee Bucks folks.  And just like that, the Kidd era is coming to a screeching halt.

The first word that came to mind when thinking of Kidd trying to get more power with Brooklyn was foolishness. But others looked at it as Kidd trying to find an out in Brooklyn. After all, this team heading into 2014-2015 has no cap space to sign any attractive free agents, the roster is old and the team has two max players in Deron Williams and Brook Lopez that cannot stay healthy enough to live up to the lofty expectations. But what was interesting enough about this move is that more people looked at his move as dumb as opposed to disloyal. And who can blame them? The Bucks have not looked like a contender since Ray Allen and Sam Cassell were their starting backcourt with George Karl as their head coach. The Bucks have a couple of talented pieces currently, but they have no veteran leadership and the losing stench runs deep there. For Kidd to be successful, he may only have to just make the playoffs. But the issue I have with is with people using the word “loyal”.

The word “loyal” has been mentioned plenty of times when it comes to players in the world of sports. Any time a player leaves a team that he has given his heart and soul to for greener pastures, he is called out for being disloyal. For example, when LeBron left Cleveland for Miami, many fans of that team and of the NBA yelled at him for taking the easy way out and not being loyal to the team he played for. It’s been four years since he left and there are still fans that are disgusted at the mere mention of his name and him leaving Cleveland, but in all honesty, he left for a better situation that was conducive to him winning and doing better for himself. In Cleveland, that team was never going to win a championship. But what happens to coaches that leave places for greener pastures?

One of the most respected coaches in NBA history is Larry Brown. The basketball nomad has coached in a lot of places throughout his career and done some incredible jobs. Who can forget the job he did with the Clippers, leading them to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in Clippers history (1991-1992 and 1992-1993)?  But what people don’t mention is the way he ended up heading to Indiana after those two seasons in Clipperland. Larry has left many jobs saying he is resigning, retiring or moving on to a new coaching position. Brown has always left teams for what he perceived as better opportunities to make more money or coach a better team. And not once has Brown ever been called disloyal.

The examples of LeBron and Larry Brown show you that when it comes to loyalty, some fans seem to point that finger at the players and leave the coaches alone. In a world where opportunities can come and go, the players and coaches do what they feel is best for them. It may be seen as foolish at times or downright brilliant, but it should never be seen as an issue of loyal or not. The reality is that player and coach movement happens in sports. Loyalty is as good as the opportunity and money that it presents in sports. So about that loyalty in sports, forget about it. Kidd may be making a crazy move, but his loyalty should not be questioned. Maybe his sanity for going to the Bucks, but not his loyalty.

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  3. Chris Ross

    July 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Great article Mike. Awesome work as per usual.

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