Listening to Brooklyn Nets head coach, Jason Kidd, talk in the run up to tonight’s NBA Global Game against the Atlanta Hawks it is clear he is a man on a mission.
Speaking to GiveMeSport ahead of the regular season match up Kidd was keen to emphasize the importance of victory above anything else:
“We are here for a job – and that is to try and find a way to win.”
“Hopefully my guys are getting to enjoy London but it is also a business trip, and that is to try and find a way to beat the Atlanta Hawks.”
Kidd is in his first season as a head coach and has had to endure a difficult start in charge of the Nets.
Before the New Year the Nets record read 10-21 as they struggled to live up to their pre-season billing as a team to watch.
But in recent weeks the ex-Mavericks point guard has seen his team show a marked improvement in performance, which has been echoed in their results (5-1 since the turn of the year).
Kidd has been to London in a basketball capacity once before, as a player for the New York Knicks in last year’s overseas game.
And he noted the different experience this time round as a coach:
“It’s been nice.As a player you’ve got to figure out trying to get on a sleep pattern. Also shooting the ball, getting your body adjusted.”
“As a coach we just have to come up with a game plan to put our guys out to execute.
“I’m not saying that’s easier, but it’s less stressful on the body.”
Ultimately, while Kidd is happy to be part of a growing NBA presence internationally, he is focused on outscoring the Hawks tonight:
“I went through this trip last year so I’m trying to duplicate what we did last year and try and get a win.”