One season. That’s how long Jason Kidd has been removed from his days playing professional basketball. That’s also how long Kidd has been coaching in the NBA. He lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 44-38 record, good enough for the 6th seed in the disgraceful Eastern Conference. Brooklyn was bounced in the second round by the eventual runner-up Miami Heat.
It would be hard to argue that Kidd’s first season as head coach was unsuccessful. A winning record and a playoff berth signify achievement for nearly any coach, not to mention a first-timer. Its his recent off-season behavior that calls him into question. According to the New York Post, Kidd approached ownership demanding more responsibilities including oversight of the Nets’ basketball operations department. His request was declined, but he was granted permission to negotiate with other teams.
Enter the Milwaukee Bucks. Proud recipients of Jabari Parker and epitome of Eastern Conference futility. It doesn’t appear they intend to part ways with head coach Larry Drew, rather they may grant Kidd the front office power he desperately desires. Rumors claim that Jason seeks a “Phil Jackson-like role with Bucks”. I’m sorry, but in what world are Jason Kidd and Phil Jackson even on the same stratosphere? Seasons coached: Jackson-20, Kidd-1. Playoff births: Jackson-20, Kidd-1. Championships: Jackson-11, Kidd-0. Need I say more?
It is likely that the relationship between Brooklyn and Kidd is damaged beyond repair. The Nets and Bucks are believed to be discussing possible compensation in order to release Kidd from his contract. Reports also state that the Nets have already begun searching for his successor. Soon we will know exactly what kind of role the Bucks have offered the young coach with an increasingly shaky reputation. It appears as though he will end up in Milwaukee one way or another.
As for me, I wouldn’t pay him a million Bucks.