Can the Nets remain patient in home opener against the Heat?
"Patience,'' he said, somewhat impatiently. "You have to have a plan and you have to be patient enough to let it work.''
"When you're a player, you want everything to happen now. You've got to learn to be patient as a player and as a coach.''
Already that mindset is being tried.
While Kidd attempted to downplay Friday night's home opener in Barclays Center against the Miami Heat as just the second game of the season, his players were ready to take names.
It will definitely be a statement game,'' proclaimed center Brook Lopez. "It's a great barometer for us.''
No team can truly have a sense of itself this early in the season.