Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jason Kidd says report of him losing Nets locker room was fabricated

It's been a rough year thus far for Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets.

The team entered the season with massive expectations and an ever larger payroll, but through nearly 30 games, haven't lived up to the hype.

A report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports earlier in the week cited team sources indicating that Kidd was losing the locker room.

Here is what the first-year coach had to say about that claim:

“I just coach and get my guys ready,” Kidd shrugged, flashing a smile at the podium following the team’s 104-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. “I can’t answer to what you guys make up. I’m sorry. I don’t have an answer to that question.”

Nets players have also offered words of support for Kidd:

“Jason’s been talking with me and the coaching staff has been talking with me,” Shaun Livingston said after putting up 20 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in the win. “It’s an up-and-down season, the hardest thing to do is to stay consistent.”

Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, and Mirza Teletovic also had words of encouragement and backing for Kidd, though Garnett acknowledged that keeping a locker room together takes work. “(We’re) trying to work through what Jason wants us to do. It’s not easy at times, but we’ve been trying to be consistent with listening and being positive.”

Could this simply be an act of concealing true feelings and reality by the Nets? Sure. But it doesn't appear the team is ready to fold on Kidd. Well, at least not yet anyway.

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