Coach Kidd’s Team to ‘Respect the Officials’
Throughout his career, Jason Kidd rarely wasted a decibel level and he rarely, if ever, picked up a technical foul for arguing.
That won’t change when Kidd exchanges a jersey for a suit, according to the Nets’ new coach, who is making his Summer League debut on Sunday.
“It’s no different than when I was a player,” Kidd said. “You respect the officials. My guys will respect the officials. Our goal is to get them not to complain to the officials. Sometimes out of habit or reaction you do, but if they do it’ll be a quick second and then move on. It’s just to respect them like I did as a player.”
During his first and only season with the Knicks, Kidd was a calming force on a team with hot tempers and extravagant disagreements with the referees.
The Nets might be easier to corral with veterans Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams. “That would be something daily we talk about — to leave the officials alone and play the game of basketball,” Kidd said.