Though he hasn’t been almost as profitable as a coach as he was as a participant, some NBA groups reportedly suppose Jason Kidd could possibly be the important thing to changing into a championship-level staff.
The motive? Kidd may have the ability to appeal to free-agent-to-be Giannis Antetokounmpo subsequent summer season.
Kidd, who parlayed a Hall-of-Fame enjoying profession that led to 2013 with the New York Knicks into a training profession that started the identical 12 months with the Brooklyn Nets, coached Antetokounmpo for greater than 3.5 seasons however was fired by the Bucks after Milwaukee started the 2017-18 season with a 23-22 document.
Though the staff was simply 139-152 with Kidd on the helm and misplaced within the first spherical each occasions the Bucks made the playoffs, Antetokounmpo could be very keen on his former coach. According to Steve Popper of Newsday, that fondness could assist land Kidd, who’s presently an assistant with the Lakers, a brand new gig as a head coach.
I feel that is nonetheless Thibodeau’s job to lose – and I’d guess Giannis stays in Milwaukee. But it is a mistake to underestimate Kidd (and his relationships across the league) and the pursuit by plenty of groups subsequent summer season. https://t.co/s0sIR1w8Mg
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) June 22, 2020
The Greek Freak, who reportedly was “devastated” after Kidd was fired by the Bucks, credited his former coach with jumpstarting his profession after the Bucks let him go.
“He’s a big part of my success in the league,” Antetokounmpo said in 2018. “I’m loyal to the people I work with. I love him as a person. I care about him as a person … I didn’t even know how the NBA worked. He trusted me. He put the ball in my hands. He pushed me to be great.”
Antetokounmpo, who could win his second straight MVP award in 2020, could be smart to rethink reuniting together with his outdated coach if that’s actually one thing he needs to do. Kidd, 47, has a 183-190 document total as a head coach with the Nets and Bucks and his groups went simply 9-15 mixed in 24 playoff video games.
picture ;Giannis Antetokounmpo talks with head coach Jason Kidd in 2014. (Jason Miller/Getty)Getty Images