Jason Kidd appeared at a season ticket holder event Monday and spoke about the upcoming season and upgrades to the Nets roster.
Not being a season ticket holder, I was not at the event, but lucky for us, there were some folks tweeting. And they got us covered on quotes. All of these are from Kidd.
Give @TheBKN3, @CowbellNets and @mgbushwick1 a follow to say thanks!
On the team’s age…
“It’s okay to be older and wiser.”
On turning weaknesses into strengths, @TheBKN3 tweeted that, “Compared to last season, Kidd believes depth, b-ball IQ and mental toughness were weaknesses that have now become strengths with new roster.”
On Deron Williams’ health and possibilities this season…
“If [Deron Williams] is not an MVP candidate, we’re not doing our job.”
On the last man added, Alan Anderson, and what he brings, @TheBKN3 tweeted that, “In the vein of Danny Green and Chris Andersen, Kidd believes Alan Anderson will be the dark horse that puts the Nets over edge next season.”
On the value of April’s Game 7 loss to the Bulls, @TheBKN3 tweeted that, “Can mental toughness be taught? Yes, says Kidd. Also, Nets-Bulls Game 7 was a lesson in mental toughness some players have to go through.”
On how he’s preparing to be a head coach, @TheBKN3 tweeted that, “Apparently, to practice coaching, Kidd simulates time-outs in his hotel room – stop watch in hand, talking to imaginary coaching staff.”
Kidd also confirmed reports the Nets will be opening the season in Cleveland vs. the Cavaliers. So that’s awesome.
Kidd said Lawrence Frank’s presence will help him through his mistakes and even laid out his goal of a home record of fewer than 10 losses.