BROOKLYN -- Rick Carlisle noted that anyone who didn't think Jason Kidd would get the Brookyln Nets turned around obviously doesn't know Kidd very well.
The Nets started this season off with a pitiful 10-21 record. That includes Kidd demoting his lead assistant, Lawrence Frank.
But since the calendar turned to 2014, the Nets are the hottest team in the NBA with wins in eight of their last nine games.
"It was never any doubt that this was going to go the right way,'' Carlisle, the Dallas Mavericks' coach, said. "I don't care what game you're playing with Jason Kidd, if you're a fool enough to bet against him you're going to lose.
"I knew he'd be successful, I knew he'd get these guys going. He has, and there's a long ways to go.''
The Nets are 18-22 overall and in second place in the Atlantic Division. They also will meet the Mavs at 6:30 tonight at the Barclays Center.
"It's not much fun playing these guys right now the way they’re playing,'' Carlisle said. "They’ve got a great record the last 24 days – the best in the league – so he's got them going.
"So it's going to be tough, but competition is what this league is all about. They're looking to gain ground, we're looking to gain ground, so this is a good game.''
-- Dwain Price
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