Nets’ Jason Kidd Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

It has been a trying year for Kidd

Jason Kidd was named head coach of the Nets this past spring.

The Brooklyn Nets are finally on track. Finally. And for what it’s worth, Head Coach Jason Kidd has erased a season full of mishaps to become the Eastern Conference’s coach of the month for January.

Via the league:

The Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Kidd and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Dave Joerger today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.

Kidd led the Nets to a 10-3 (.769) record in January, tops in the Eastern Conference. The Nets tallied two five-game winning streaks during a month in which they held opponents to 95.3 ppg, having allowed 102.4 ppg during games spanning October-December. Only four of 13 opponents topped the century mark against Brooklyn, which recorded wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder (Jan. 2) and Miami Heat (Jan. 10).

Joerger led Memphis to the league’s best record in January at 12-3 (.800). The Grizzlies went 7-1 on the road and closed the month by winning 10 of their final 11 games. Memphis, which allowed just three of 15 January opponents to score 100 or more points, swept a home-and-home from the Houston Rockets on Jan. 24-25, and then traveled to Moda Center on Jan. 28, where they topped the Portland Trail Blazers 98-81.

Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau, Houston’s Kevin McHale, Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers, New York’s Mike Woodson, Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks and Toronto’s Dwane Casey.

“Kidd led the Nets to a 10-3 (.769) record in January, tops in the Eastern Conference. The Nets tallied two five-game winning streaks during a month in which they held opponents to 95.3 ppg, having allowed 102.4 ppg during games spanning October-December. Only four of 13 opponents topped the century mark against Brooklyn, which recorded wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder (Jan. 2) and Miami Heat (Jan. 10).”

It has been a trying year for Kidd. He was caught intentionally spilling soda on the court to give his assistants more time to draw up a play — and subsequently fined $50,000. He was suspended two regular season games because of a DUI arrest; he removed an assistant — Lawrence Frank — from his staff after an argument; and had to retrieve his players from the locker room following an early exit during a bad loss at San Antonio.

So January was a good start for Jason Kidd.

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