According to Rod Boone of Newsday, Jason Kidd says that the Brooklyn Nets will run far fewer isolation plays next season. This means more ball movement, better passes, and less forced shots.
If the Nets listen to Kidd, it will completely change their offense. Firstly, there will be far fewer plays in the playbook for the highest payed Net, Joe Johnson. Instead of isolation plays, he will instead become a shooter with some occasional post-up plays. Joe has always been a team guy and has never been known as a “coach killer”, so hopefully he will not mind these changes.
Here is some of what Kidd told Boone:
“You look at the league as a whole — we’ll use the two teams [in the Finals] Miami and San Antonio — they are teams that kind of stayed away from iso and moved the ball around and there was multiple touches. That’s what we are trying to get to, being able to move the ball. Sacrifice is something I might say a lot. Something you’ll [also] hear me say a lot, is making a play for a teammate.
Don’t be afraid to let go of the ball because a lot of times, when you do let go of the ball, the ball will find you. And so, that’s something that we are going to get away from because against the great defenses in this league, you won’t be able to win a seven-game series.
We are going to try to not iso. We are going to get more team-oriented on the offensive and defensive end. I think that was one of the things that stood out. It was more individual defense, and when you look at the teams that have won championships, they’ve all talked about team defense, helping one another.”
Sure, all of this is nice in the offseason, but will the Nets actually follow Kidd’s orders when the season begins?
Last year, Avery Johnson had the same ideas with Deron Williams leading the offense. But Williams was injured at the start of the season, the Nets got off to a slow start in December, and Avery was fired before New Year’s.
Jason Kidd was a great point guard. Now, he needs to teach his team how to play like he used to.