Saturday night news broke that Brooklyn Nets head coach, Jason Kidd, is scheduled to discuss the possibility of taking over a front office position with the Milwaukee Bucks, who just drafted Jabari Parker with the second pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
According to the New York Post, Kidd requested additional responsibilities within the Nets organization in the form of overseeing basketball operations. While Kidd didn’t request to replace the Nets GM Billy King, he allegedly insisted upon a position ranked above King. The request was subsequently denied by higher ups due to the obvious — Kidd’s lack of experience.
But it’s no sweat off Kidd’s back because he’s already garnered interest from another organization. The Bucks are seemingly willing to assist Kidd in his unprecedented rise to success. Here’s what Fox Sports is reporting,
After Kidd’s request was turned down, the Bucks asked the Nets for permission to speak with him, and the Nets granted it. Longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl sold the team in May, and one of the new owners, Marc Lasry, is a close friend to Kidd.
It remains unclear if the Bucks are pursuing Kidd purely as a head coach or intend to also offer him the basketball operations powers he wants. Regardless, the Bucks currently have a head coach in Larry Drew, who just completed his first season with the team.
Only four coaches in the league also have power over the team’s operations: Gregg Popovich with the Spurs; Doc Rivers with the Clippers; Stan Van Gundy with the Pistons; and Flip Saunders with the Timberwolves. Van Gundy and Saunders just joined that group this offseason.
Kidd’s confidence level is on Yeezus status right now. Last season, he surprisingly excelled and exceeded expectations as a head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. After the team struggled early in the season, he eventually led an impressive turnaround which resulted in a playoff appearance during his rookie year as head coach. Props to him for that. Based on those results, I guess he believes he can also run a franchise. And why criticize him for having such lofty, and what most would consider to be unrealistic, expectations with just one year of head coaching experience? He’s crazy enough to think he’s qualified for, and deserving of, such an opportunity. But the Bucks are by far crazier to think he is too, if they grant him the power role he seeks. This is mind blowing.
Before Kidd approached the Nets, I’d assume he calculated his risks. I wonder if he was willing to walk away from the Nets if they turned him down, regardless of having another opportunity on the table. Or maybe, Kidd orchestrated this move with the Bucks behind the scenes and forced the Nets hand by asking something so ridiculous? I don’t know. But whether Kidd lands the Bucks position or not, I have to believe Kidd coached his last Nets game back in May.
Between Kidd and the free agency market starring Carmelo Anthony and the players formerly known as The Heatles, this is shaping up to be one highly entertaining and memorable NBA offseason. July 1 can’t arrive soon enough!