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Bizarre season continues in Brooklyn as Frank exits

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The Brooklyn Nets’ tumultuous season continued Tuesday night before the team even took the floor against the Denver Nuggets.

In a shocking twist, head coach Jason Kidd’s handpicked lead assistant Lawrence Frank left the staff due to “differences of opinion” regarding basketball operations.

Kidd allegedly called for the dismissal himself.

While Kidd nor the Nets provided an exact reason, everyone can speculate why a team in obvious disarray “reassigned” its top assistant. Maybe Kidd’s childish antics in the waning moments of their loss to the Lakers drew Frank’s ire. For those unfamiliar with the situation, Kidd intentionally implored guard Tyshawn Taylor to knock a cup of soda out of his hands and onto the floor in an effort to negotiate a final timeout when the Nets had none left.

A classy move by a desperate coach willing to resort to cheating in order to win a game by any means possible. Kidd absorbed the $50,000 fine and probably chalked up the events to simple gamesmanship. He didn’t apologize and admitted he learned nothing from the incident.

Kidd’s never suffered for any of his previous transgressions, both on and off the court, so why start now?

Or maybe Frank exited because Kidd thinks he knows more than any coach on his staff. Heck, he’s been doing it for so long, and doing it so well to boot. Despite playing with the highest payroll in the league, the Nets own one of its worst records.

While fault may not lie at Kidd’s doorstep, he has certainly not helped matters.

The isolation offense that left Nets fans, players, and management crying for Avery Johnson’s firing is alive and well in Brooklyn. Those looking for ill-advised shots and painfully slow ball movement can find that on YES network on any given night.

Although Frank does not boast the world’s best coaching resume, he at least has a resume. His resume should count for at least a voice or maybe a whisper.

But again, Kidd must know what he’s doing.

Consider Frank’s exit strike two for the rookie head coach. The Nets better hope Kidd stands in at the plate like Robinson Cano to bail them out of this disaster.


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