An inspired hire, Jason Kidd must prove he can be vocal leader for Nets

Thursday June 13th, 2013
Jason Kidd played for the then-New Jersey Nets from 2001 through 2008.
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That run to the championship in Dallas raises two questions now for Kidd in Brooklyn. Who will police his locker room for him? Who will speak up and lead within the team? Right now there appear to be no candidates, based on the Nets' abysmal playoff experience against the undermanned Bulls. All the Nets needed was one explosive performance in Game 7 at home, but neither Deron Williams nor anyone else was able to find the passion to provide it.

For Kidd, the issue will be in finding ways to provide the leadership that has defined him. He is one of the great leaders the NBA has ever seen. Now that leader needs to be heard.

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