DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion sent his deepest sympathy to Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd, whose team has been struggling with a 9-19 record so far this season.
Marion and Kidd were key pieces on the Mavs’ squad that captured the 2011 NBA title. So their bond cuts deep.
Thus, when asked his thoughts on the Nets’ struggles, Marion went to bat for Kidd.
“He’s in a tough situation because (his players are) not responding right now,’’ Marion said. “I think deep down he can be a really good coach,’’
“It’s still a long season left. I wish him the best of luck.’’
Marion said the folks in New York must be patient with Kidd, who is in his first year as a coach.
“We went to war together here,’’ Marion said. “I came here with J-Kidd, and his basketball mind is really strong.
“We talked a lot about different things and different situations on the court, and I know where he’s at. I know what he’s seeing, I know where he’s coming from.’’
One advice Mari9n had for Kidd is to not pay attention to what the media is writing and saying.
“In New York, that whole media up there makes it hard to do anything,’’ Marion said. “He just has to stay positive and things are going to turn around for him.
“Hopefully they’ll be able to shake it off and get things turned around and get it going. It can only get better.’’
-- Dwain Price
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