Billy King and the Brooklyn Nets front office has done a ton this offseason to improve the roster, from the blockbuster trade with the Celtics, to signing Andrei Kirilenko for only $3 million, to even getting Alan Anderson for the veterans minimum. But now the Nets, led by Jason Kidd, will need to show that the money spent by Mikhail Prokhorov was worth it.
When the regular season starts in November, Prokhorov is definitely expecting the Nets to be a contender immediately and he wants the team to start well. Last season, the Nets had a very good November where Avery Johnson was named coach of the month. Then December happened, the Nets fell all the way back down to .500, and Johnson was fired. So what is Prokhorov expecting from Jason Kidd in the beginning?
Well, Mikhail understands that this is Kidd’s first coaching experience on any level and there is somewhat of a learning curve. But Kidd is coaching a veteran roster and Prokhorov will demand a good start to the season.
I believe that Kidd’s job is safe for this year, unlike Avery’s last year, but if this team was to lose in the first round again with this much money and talent infused into the roster, there is a very good chance that Kidd will be out of a job.
Of course, it is extremely early to speculate this, but for a team who’s window is expected to be 2 years maximum, the Nets need to get at least to the conference finals this year for Kidd’s job to be safe.
Reports have said that the Nets will likely open the season in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. The NBA schedule is expected to be released within the next two weeks.