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NBA notebook: Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Kidd named Eastern Conference coach of the month

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Brooklyn’s Jason Kidd has won Eastern Conference coach of the month honors for March, becoming just the second NBA coach to win twice in his rookie season.

Kidd was honored Tuesday after the Nets went 12-4 while playing all month without starting center Kevin Garnett. He also won the award for January, joining Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau as the only two-time winners in their first season since the league began giving monthly coaching awards in 1982-83.

San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich won the West award after the Spurs went undefeated in March, winning 18 straight games.

Williams hosting children

D.J. Williams’ biggest issue with NBA games is he’d rather be playing with Dad than watching him.

“He wants me the whole game, so he just wants to get out on the court,” said his father, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams.

For many more autistic children, there are other challenges at the arena.

The music is loud and the lights are bright. The games are long, and the whole experience can be overwhelming — not to mention stressful for their parents.

Deron Williams is trying to make it more comfortable for one night, hosting 65 families affected by autism in the quieter suites at Barclays Center on April 11.

Williams and wife Amy adopted D.J., who turns 5 next month, in Utah.


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