It's been a lonely few months for Jason Kidd at the Brooklyn Nets.
Since his appointment in June, the former All-Star player has struggled with media pressure, bad results and long term injuries.
It appears that Kidd still has some fans however, as Atlanta Hawks legend Steve Smith showed support for the rookie head coach. "It's definitely not easy," said the former NBA champion ahead of the Hawks-Nets matchup on Thursday; "but if there’s one player over the years that players called a coach on the floor it’s definitely Jason Kidd."
Smith also said that he thought that coaching in New York was tougher than elsewhere in the league: "In my opinion everything is magnified because it’s the Brooklyn Nets- when you’re in New York everything is magnified by 3! Both your losses and your wins.”
The Nets are currently sitting just behind the New York Knicks in the chase for the playoffs while the Hawks are in possession of the 4th seed in the eastern conference.
Kidd has looked to turn the Nets' season around since the turn of the year however, with just one loss in six games in 2014. They have also managed impressive performances against the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors, all this without key stars Brook Lopez and Deron Williams.
Smith was also not shy in his praise of Teague, claiming that the pro in his fourth year could make a claim at an All-Star team:
"He’s a quiet player but his game speaks volumes, he’s playing at a tremendous level right now," claimed Smith. "He’s one of those point guards that can kind of sneak in the back door, but a very solid and very good player, and I think somebody that you’ve got to keep an eye on.”
The Hawks and Nets will meet on Thursday evening at the O2 arena in London.