Jason Kidd has been named the East's Coach of the Month for January. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
After a tumultuous first two-plus months on the job that saw him suspended, fined, criticized, and abandoned, Nets coach Jason Kidd was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January.
Kidd, 40, guided Brooklyn to a 10-3 record during January, as the 20-25 Nets moved back into the East's playoff picture. Their month was highlighted by wins over the Thunder, Heat and Warriors.
Entering January, Brooklyn ranked No. 18 in offensive efficiency and No. 28 in defensive efficiency. During the month of January, Brooklyn ranked No. 13 on offense and No. 10 on defense, finding success with a smallball approach after losing center Brook Lopez to a season-ending foot injury in late-December.
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Despite the drama, Kidd received public support from Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov in mid-January.
“Jason Kidd is becoming more and more comfortable," the Russian billionaire said, according to the New York Daily News. "And what is important is he has the support of the players. And that’s the only way how we can conduct together. So everything is okay because, of course, we can’t make any excuse with injuries. And what I’m glad to see is the players stepping up in the situation. Now everything is more or less okay.”
Kidd, who retired as a player last summer after 19 seasons, joins Larry Bird, Larry Drew and Jeff Hornacek as the only people to win both Player of the Month and Coach of the Month honors.
coach Dave Joerger took home Western Conference Coach of the Month honors for January.