When you're known as The Truth, sometimes your words won't sit well with others.
Needless to say, the Brooklyn Nets coaching staff could not have been too happy with some of Paul Pierce's comments following Brooklyn's 109-97 home loss to Detroit on Sunday.
"We got to understand teams aren't going to play the same way they did in the first half as they did in the second half because teams make adjustments, especially when they are down," said the former Celtics star. "And we got to realize that and adjust to that."
Much of the blame for Brooklyn's slow start has been placed upon injuries and the team's host of new players still adjusting to playing with one another. While there's certainly some truth to that, Pierce's assessment that the coaches are part of the problem is legit.
Coaches are responsible for putting players in the best position to be successful on the floor, which in turn helps the team to be successful. While it's not all that surprising that Garnett's numbers are down, it's hard to imagine that his fall-off this season is totally a Father-Time induced occurrence. Ditto for Paul Pierce whose trending towards career-lows in several offensive categories.
And while they have been missing key players such as point guard Deron Williams, there's still enough talent on this team to win more than just three games so far.
The schedule does look more favorable for them in December with nine of the first 12 games at home. But playing in front of their fans, many of whom booed the hell out of them on Sunday when the Piston rallied in the second half to beat them, won't be enough.
They need their injured to heal up, and those that are healthy, to play better.
And then there's Jason Kidd and his coaching staff. Yeah, they need to step their game up, too.
And that's the truth.