Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King said it was his decision to boot assistant coach Lawrence Frank from the bench and assign him daily scouting reports to file "from afar" because of an early-season clash with rookie head coach Jason Kidd.

Frank, a former Nets head coach, was signed to a four-year, $5.3 million contract to mentor Kidd, but there was quickly friction, and, with the Nets reeling at 5-12 and players taking sides in the dispute, King said he exiled Frank to back Kidd and calm the locker room.

"In order for [Jason] to be successful, I had to make a decision, so I said, 'Let's reassign him,' " King said during an interview with NBA TV. "He does his report -- I got it this morning -- and he's helping from afar. But I believe in Jason and so to give him the ability to be successful, we had to make that decision."

In the first few weeks, Kidd appeared to be another playing great who wouldn't make it as a coach. He became an NBA punchline when Frank was pushed aside, his players were in semi-revolt, and he was fined $50,000 by the league for intentionally spilling a soda on the court to get a timeout.

The Nets bottomed out at 10-21, but finished 34-17 to gain a playoff spot. They met the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their first-round series, which is tied at 1-1, Friday night in Brooklyn.