Rod Thorn

says he hasn't heard an offer for

Jason Kidd

that makes any sense. But as the Nets flounder through the first quarter of the season, with Kidd's unhappiness with the direction of the franchise casting a pall over the team, Thorn also isn't happy with the status quo for the Nets, 9-13 entering play Friday.

Kidd missed a game with the Knicks two weeks ago, claiming he had a migraine. But some stories out of New York said that Kidd was staging a work stoppage, either to protest the team's lack of trades or his own inability to get a contract extension.

It had an impact, and that surprised Thorn, New Jersey's team president.

"I think the furor with Jason missing the game, I think we've been sideways ever since," Thorn said. "I think the way we've played in the last week, the last 10 days, we have played as poorly as we have in a long time. Was that an aberration? What's going on with us?"

Good questions.

The Nets are still defensively decent under coach

Lawrence Frank

, 10th overall in points allowed. But New Jersey is last in the league in scoring average, scoring 90 per game - seven points fewer than last season - and next to last in shooting percentage (42 percent) and 3-point shooting percentage (31.8 percent). . . .

With the Jazz playing inconsistent so far, you wonder how much they miss

Derek Fisher

, who was released from his contract last summer so that his daughter, suffering from a rare form of cancer, could receive treatment in a city with more specialized medical facilities. Fisher subsequently signed with the Lakers.

But Utah also is playing a lot without

Matt Harpring

, still recovering from offseason knee surgery and limited to 15 minutes or so per game. Harpring also played in the backcourt for Utah last season, and without his experience, the Jazz have given the bulk of their two-guard minutes to second-year guard

Ronnie Brewer

.

Brewer hasn't been bad, averaging 13 points on 52 percent shooting in 30 minutes a night. But he and third-year guard

Deron Williams

, though talented, are still one of the league's youngest backcourts, and youth tends to be exposed in the postseason.

"I feel like I've got a lot of experience in my three years," Williams said. "I think [Brewer] has handled the starting job well. He's done all the right things, said all the right things. He plays hard. He does a good job defensively for us . . . he's still got so much room to improve, and that's what's so special about him. He can be a great player in this league once he gets more confidence shooting the ball."