That’s what Jason KIdd said he learned in his first year as a head coach with the Nets,
But you could argue it was a lack of patience, a reported failed power play by Kidd with the Brooklyn front office, that led to the former 10-time All-Star falling out of favor and becoming the 14th head coach of the Bucks.
KIdd reportedly wanted full control of player personnel decisions after just one season as head coach, now he’s in Milwaukee and seems fine with the prospect of being on the end of the bench.
“When you look at myself, I’m a coach,” said Kidd. “And that’s what this is all about. Wes and Marc and John are giving me the opportunity to coach a young team, and so I’m very honored and excited about being here in Milwaukee.
KIdd made it clear by not answering direct questions that he wanted no part of talking about his tumultuous exit from the Nets organization.
“When you’re a player you’re going to be criticized, and as a coach you’re going to be criticized even more,” Kidd said.
Time will tell if the man who played 19 seasons and will likely enter the Hall of Fame someday, was the right choice to coach this Milwaukee team. Most of the criticism of the hiring has been aimed at Kidd’s interviewing while Larry Drew still held the Bucks head coaching position, and the fact the new owners circumvented GM John Hammond until very late in the process.
Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry attributed it all to inexperience.
“I would tell you it’s very much newness,” said Lasry. “I think we learned along this process. I would tell you our view, and it hasn’t changed from the beginning, is that all of the basketball operations go through John. In this process we’ve learned we made a mistake and I think we’ve learned that pretty well.”
Learning is something this franchise will continue to do on the fly with a new young face of the franchise in Jabari Parker, new ownership, and a new young head coach.
“This is a young team, and they have a lot of talented guys,” said Kidd. My job is to bring out the best in them, but also to teach them how to win and how to play at a higher level.”
Kidd said he wants to “see this through to the end,” and if that’s the case, he will certainly need patience.