CLEVELAND - With Jason Kidd unable to coach the Nets' first two games of the season as he serves his suspension for his DUI incident, the prevailing thought was Lawrence Frank would serve as the team's interim coach in the meantime.
So much for that theory.
Kidd tabbed assistant Joe Prunty as the guy to sit in his seat in Wednesday night's season opener against the Cavaliers. Prunty, who's in his 18th NBA season and spent the past three seasons in Cleveland, said the decision to have him at the head of the bench was a collaborative one.
"We all talked about it and we have our roles that we all fill," Prunty said. "Lawrence does the defense, John [Welch] does the offense and look, it's a tremendous staff . . . Like we have a deep team, we have a deep staff and this is the way we will approach it." Prunty wasn't very comfortable talking about himself: "This isn't about me," he said. "Look, this is for us, in terms of the start of the journey . . . of the 82 regular-season games."
Although Andrei Kirilenko wasn't able to play because of back spasms, Shaun Livingston's stiff neck loosened up enough for him to give it a go. Livingston believes he just slept wrong.
King touts Iverson
GM Billy King had nothing but praise for Allen Iverson as the 38-year-old officially retired, calling it quits at a news conference in Philadelphia.
"I think he had a great career, probably one of the greatest players to play this game and one of the best competitors I've ever been around," said King, who was the 76ers team president from 2003-07. "I think for the amount of hits he took, to always get back up and keep going was amazing."