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Jason Kidd: No more iso ball for Nets
ORLANDO, Fla. -- It happened often.
Whether it was Deron Williams trying to create off the dribble all by his lonesome or the Nets simply throwing the ball to Joe Johnson or Brook Lopez and watching them operate while everyone stood around, there wasn't a whole lot of movement within the Nets' offense during their inaugural season in Brooklyn.
Jason Kidd wants that to change and he plans on scrapping iso ball.
"You look at the league as a whole -- we’ll use the two teams [in the Finals] Miami and San Antonio -- they are teams that kind of stayed away from iso and moved the ball around and there was multiple touches," the Nets coach told Newsday in a sitdown Tuesday. "That's what we are trying to get to, being able to move the ball. Sacrifice is something I might say a lot. Something you’ll [also] hear me say a lot, is making a play for a teammate.
"Don’t be afraid to let go of the ball because a lot of times, when you do let go of the ball, the ball will find you. And so, that’s something that we are going to get away from because against the great defenses in this league, you won’t be able to win a seven-game series."
According to Synergy, the Nets utilized an iso look on 13.7 percent of their possessions, which was fourth-most in the NBA, trailing only the Knicks (15.5), Kings (14.3) and Thunder OKC (14.2). Additionally, according to Synergy, they Nets scored .877 points per isolation possession, which was also fourth-best in the league behind the Heat (.922), Thunder (.899) and Clippers (.884).
In reviewing some of the footage of the Nets' 2012-13 campaign, Kidd noticed the team's isolation scheme wasn't necessarily just related to the happenings on offense. He frequently noticed the same thing was taking place on the other end of the court.
That will also be a no-no now.
"We are going to try to not iso," Kidd said. "We are going to get more team-oriented on the offensive and defensive end. I think that was one of the things that stood out. It was more individual defense, and when you look at the teams that have won championships, they’ve all talked about team defense, helping one another.
"I think our team is built in that way, where we can play well together on the offensive end and on the defensive end."