Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King met the media on Tuesday morning to discuss Jason Kidd's failed power play and the subsequent trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. He thanked Kidd -- now officially the head coach in Milwaukee -- for the job he did last season, and praised Lionel Hollins when discussing who might be the next man on the sideline in Brooklyn.
Billy King: "I want to thank Jason. I think he did an amazing job for us last year."— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 1, 2014
King says he found out about the situation -- including Kidd's failed power play -- on Wednesday.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 1, 2014
King: "The franchise has to be bigger than one person."— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 1, 2014
Billy King says he had dinner with Lionel Hollins last night, and plans to meet again with him this morning.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) July 1, 2014
Billy King on the next Nets coach: "This time, I think we're going to go with experience."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) July 1, 2014
King says he's looking at college as well as former NBA coaches.— The Brooklyn Game (@TheBKGame) July 1, 2014
King added, "there's no reason to sling any mud here," and this is where we can step in and say there was plenty of reason to sling mud. Kidd tried to go over King's head and assume full control of Brooklyn's basketball operations. According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, it all started "during the fraught months of December and January," when Kidd went to ownership with concerns about King and asked if someone else could be hired above him. Recently, Kidd wanted that "someone else" to be himself. King has every right to publicly admonish Kidd, but he chose not to.
He also gave a shout-out to longtime Nets fan "Mr. Whammy" because, sure, why not?
King cites Mr. Whammy as an example of fans sticking with team through thick and thin, and not worrying about who is coach or GM.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 1, 2014