Jason Kidd made his first return to Brooklyn since his ugly June exit from the Nets, when his reported power play to go over the head of general manager Billy King and get more say regarding personnel was foiled. Perhaps caught up in the uniqueness of the moment, Kidd on Wednesday night swerved off his usual non-controversial answers and criticized the team that gave him his first head coaching job only a few weeks after he retired from playing despite his lack of previous bench experience.
Apparently still bothered by reports that the Nets considered getting rid of him after their 10-21 start, Kidd, whose Bucks won, 122-118, in triple overtime, suggested he wasn't completely put in a position to succeed.
"I think it really helped me to see what I was dealing with, what type of people I was dealing with," Kidd said. "Give me a fair chance to coach a team that had injuries. We made a big trade . . . I understand that they did want to fire me in December, so I think it just shows what type of people I was dealing with."
Kidd insisted he never tried to go over King's head, and said he didn't want more control.
"No. No, I didn't try to promote myself," he said. "Billy's the GM. He put the Brooklyn Nets together, so it is what it is. I didn't try to promote myself. I'm still learning to be a coach. This is my second season. I had a very interesting first year as a coach. I thought it was kind of funny that you guys were marking down how many times I held the clipboard. You do that to [Lionel] Hollins?"
As for the dynamic between him and King, Kidd said it was strictly business and nothing more than that during his time with the Nets, who received two second-round draft picks as compensation for letting him join the Bucks.
"Well, he was management, so my relationship with Billy was to figure out how to put things right when he was around," Kidd said. "There was really no relationship."
King had no comment on Kidd's thoughts, opting to remain quiet and not toss any gasoline onto the fire.
King sat Wednesday night in his customary spot behind the scorer's table, observing the action some 25 feet away from Kidd instead of seeing him roughly 10 feet away at the end of the Nets' bench like he did last season, the place where the Nets' new coach now roams.
It still seems surreal.
"I think sometimes things don't end the right way," Kidd said. "Sometimes things -- one side talks, the other side goes about its business. So I think, again, from their side, it's business. It happens. Coaches have gotten traded. Doc [Rivers] got traded from Boston. Was it a big deal, Doc being traded? No. It's part of the business.
"As a player, you get traded, and as a coach, you have the opportunity to get traded. So that's what happens. We move on. Unfortunately, one side hasn't. But eventually, both sides will move on."
Some fans at the Barclays Center expressed their sentiments about Kidd's departure with some of the same vigor Kidd used about 90 minutes earlier when he criticized the organization, the same one that raised his jersey to the rafters of the very arena in which the teams played in last night.
As soon as Kidd set foot out of the tunnel, and a good part of the 15,694 in attendance got a look at him strolling to the visitors' bench in his black suit, Kidd heard nothing but booing and vitriolic barbs.
One fan couldn't even bear to wait until the national anthem was over, screaming: "Kidd, you [stink]!" during a brief pause as Annet Artani collected her breath belting notes.
Welcome back, indeed.