Report: Jason Kidd Explodes On Frank With 13 Special Letters

Updated: December 9, 2013



As the days go by more and more information about the Jason KiddLawrence Frank breakup is coming out.

Today writer David Aldridge dropped a juicy piece about the Brooklyn Nets, their dismal start and their coaching saga.

On Kidd demoting Frank:

[quote_box]”Kidd tried, gradually at first, to start putting his own imprint on the team. He would be, a member of the organization said last week, direct and honest with players in film sessions, going over things one-on-one with players — “that’s a bad shot, and here’s why. That’s losing basketball, and here’s why,” the source said.Jason Kidd coaching against Magic

He tried to point out that he did know a couple of things about defense based on his career as a player (whether he specifically mentioned his four first-team all-NBA defensive team selections is unknown), and that he had ideas that were different from Frank’s. But Frank “wouldn’t stop talking,” the second coaching source countered.

The denouement came in the now well-reported blowup Kidd had with Frank, where Kidd, according to a source, told Frank: “Sit the (bleep) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (bleeping) move!”


Aldridge went into deeper detail about Lawrence Franks personality type and how he coaches the game.

It was obvious that Kidd wanted to steer his own ship and Frank’s voice was way too loud for his liking.

Kidd could not mature and learn as fast as he wanted with Frank being the dominant voice in practice and on the sidelines.

[quote_box]He is obsessed with the game, as anyone who had the stones to go from student manager at Indiana University to NBA coach must assuredly be. At every level, Frank is a tinkerer, a pleader, an irritant, a demander, the same kind of irritant that the Van Gundys are. He made players better, just as they did.

Lawrence Frank speechless on sidelineTo say ego was not involved here is to say water is not wet. Frank’s way — “passive-aggressive undermining,” as another coaching source put it last week — is grating. Certainly, the new contract gave him a kind of cache — diplomatic immunity for the basketball set — above the other assistants.

If he’s the coach, you have to accept it — it’s what he’s saying, not how he’s saying it, and so on. (The other assistants have to accept it, too, by the way, as none of them were getting $1 million a year.)

I take it as a good sign for coach Kidd to rid himself and the team of a voice that wasn’t his.  The more the Nets come together under their head coach the better the result on the court will be.

My guess is this was the word Kidd used towards Frank…..



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