Deron Williams defends Nets coach Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd is losing the support of some fans, but not his players just yet.
The first-year coach, who likely heard the "Fire Kidd" chants at Barclays Center on Christmas Day, has been hard on his players, saying earlier this week that they're becoming too comfortable with losing. ESPN reported that Kidd called out the team in a postgame rant after the Nets' blowout loss to the Bulls on Christmas Day.
Deron Williams said Kidd was a little more emotional last game than he had been all season but thinks he still has the support of his players.
"If we were losing some close games and he was making bad decisions, that would be one thing," he said. "That's not the case. We're getting blown out. He can't make us outrebound teams, he can't make us put that extra little bit we need to get over the hump. That's on us as players to come out and play better."
Kidd denied that he called the team out, saying it was simply a conversation about competing.
"Right now, we go down and kind of give in to that fight," he said. "We've got to continue to keep grinding, and if I have to keep rotating guys in to find the ones who are going to fight, then that's what I have to do."
He tinkered with the starting lineup Friday night, inserting Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce. It was the 13th variation the Nets have used in 29 games this season.
Kirilenko, Blatche out
The return of Andrei Kirilenko, who has missed 24 games because of back spasms, was delayed again. Kidd said Kirilenko has discomfort in his back and is unlikely to make a road trip that begins Saturday night in Indiana.
Kidd also said Andray Blatche will miss the next four games because of unspecified personal reasons.