NBA.com's David Alridge reports that Kidd exploded on Frank after his former assistant would not stop passive aggressively needling him and talking over him in a team meeting. Alridge adds details about the much-reported tirade Kidd dropped on Frank after a November loss to the Magic:
[sny-box]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!' [...] To 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."[/sny-box]
Very interesting. Kidd has gotten a lot of heat for pulling the trigger on Frank's reassignment, but this changes things for me. Maybe Frank's presence on Kidd's bench was doomed from the start? A million dollar assistant next to a rookie coach would be considered a combustible in any other situation, but Kidd and Frank had a good relationship. It made sense that they could work together. Apparently not. Two coaches fighting can sort of be like when parents fight; it sets an awkward tone that seems to be all encompassing. Maybe with that baggage gone, the Nets will play easy and loose.
I take it as a good sign that Kidd was able to rid himself and the team of a voice that wasn’t his. Kidd could not mature and learn as fast as he wanted with Frank being the dominant voice in practice and on the sidelines, and now it's obvious just how much Kidd wanted to steer his own ship and Frank’s voice was way too loud for his liking. I think the more the Nets come together around their head coach, the better the result on the court will be.
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