2013 Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League: Nets Fall in Kidd's NBA Coaching Debut
By Melanie Curtsinger
July 7, 2013
ORLANDO -- The Brooklyn Nets failed to secure a victory in new Head Coach Jason Kidd’s NBA coaching debut, falling 76-67 to the Detroit Pistons to round out day one of the 2013 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. Detroit, who had six players register at least seven points, were led by Khris Middleton’s 16.
It was a tale of two very different games for first round draft picks Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Mason Plumlee. Caldwell-Pope, chosen No. 8 in this year’s draft, struggled from the floor the entire game, hitting only 1-of-10 from the field and missing all eight of his attempts from downtown. Plumlee, on the other hand, registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds in over 30 minutes of play.
Neither team had a clear-cut advantage for the majority of the game, with the teams knotted at 54 with 8:05 remaining in the game, but the Pistons went on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to break open a 64-56 advantage. Brooklyn roared back, scoring six unanswered of their own, but the Pistons were able to stave off the late attack in the closing minutes of the contest.
In his first time at the helm of an NBA team, Kidd received a technical foul after contesting a call and walking too far out onto the floor midway through the fourth.
Detroit takes on the Boston Celtics in game three Monday at the Orlando summer league, while Brooklyn faces Miami in the closing game at 5 p.m. at the Amway Center.