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Kidd Coach of the Year Candidate?

Josh Cohen’s Analysis (Jan. 21, 2014): Barring an unforeseen collapse, it’s almost inevitable that Portland’s Terry Stotts will win this season’s Coach of the Year Award. And right now you have to figure Indiana’s Frank Vogel, Phoenix’s Jeff Hornacek and Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer are battling for runner up.

However, rather stunningly after all the controversy to start the season and public threats that he should have been fired, Jason Kidd is making a case for why he should be considered for the honor. The Nets – despite a season-ending injury to Brook Lopez and Deron Williams’ recurrent ankle problems – have been outstanding lately. And Kidd deserves a ton of the credit.

Coaching in a super market like New York can be taxing, especially when you are a first year head coach. But Kidd, who the organization expressed trust in during Brooklyn’s dreadful start, has overcome the entire hullabaloo and has instilled reliance in his players.

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