Starting 5: Kidd among NBA coaches on hot seat

Starting 5: Kidd among NBA coaches on hot seat
November 21, 2013, 3:30 pm
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BOSTON — It's hard to tell who this Kevin Maurice Garnett character is in Brooklyn.

Is he a veteran who is 37 years old, or a 37-year veteran?

Paul Pierce has been better, but not by much.

Their arrival in Brooklyn was supposed to be the final pieces needed to transform the Nets from being pretty good to pretty darn potent, from top to bottom.

Instead they have struggled mightily and the Nets have followed their lead into the bottomless pit we like to call the Atlantic Division which may very well be won with a .500 record.

Seriously.

And the Boston Celtics couldn't be any happier about the Nets struggles, knowing that the first of the three picks they are to receive from Brooklyn (or Atlanta depending on which team finishes with the better overall record) may very well be in the lottery (top-14) as opposed to the low-20s.

And that pick which will come in the talent-rich 2014 NBA draft, will in all likelihood be the worst of the lot.

Injuries have certainly played a major role in Brooklyn's struggles, especially point guard Deron Williams whose ankle injuries have been a major contributor to the team's inconsistent play.

While Brooklyn's problems to a large extent are easily explained, that may not cut it with their owner Mikhail Prokhorov who has shown little patience for slow starts (see Avery Johnson).

If the Nets don't turn the corner soon, it's not that big a stretch envisioning rookie head coach and Nets icon Jason Kidd being the fall guy for the team's struggles, especially with a veteran coach (former Celtics assistant and former Nets coach Lawrence Frank) already on the payroll.

Kidd isn't the only coach who needs to turn his team's fortunes around soon.

In this week's Starting Five, we take a look at five coaches - yes, Kidd is among them - who could use a nice run of wins about now to avoid being run out of town.