Jason Kidd wasted no time in going from a player to coach so why not immediately go for general manager too?
In a bit of shocking news, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd asked ownership for full control of basketball operations in addition to his head coaching gig, a title above general manager Billy King, but was denied and now seems likely to head to Milwaukee to coach the Bucks, according to Tim Bontemps of the NY Post.
More from the Post:
A league source told The Post Kidd recently approached ownership with a series of demands, including the role of overseeing the Nets’ basketball operations department in addition to his head-coaching responsibilities. The source said Kidd didn’t want general manager Billy King to be dismissed, but wanted to be given a title and placed above him in the organizational hierarchy.
Ownership declined to grant Kidd that kind of power, which is rare for any coach in the league to have. The source said ownership felt Kidd wasn’t ready for that kind of responsibility after having only one year of coaching experience — the team finished his first season on the bench with a 44-38 record, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference — and allowed Kidd to seek other opportunities.
The franchise then was asked by the Bucks for permission to speak with Kidd about the prospect of hiring him and the Nets consented, making his departure from Brooklyn a sudden possibility. According to reports, the two teams already have been discussing possible compensation to release Kidd from the final three years of his original four-year, $10.5 million contract.
Wow. Jason Kidd must have some giant balls because he seems to think that after one year of coaching that he belongs in the upper echelons that include San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Minnesota’s Flip Saunders and the Clippers’ Doc Rivers, the only other coaches that hold front office positions.
Reading between the lines here, it sounds like Kidd was jealous of the big contracts that first-year coaches Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr were given this offseason, both signed five-year $25 million deals, and wanted more. It also sounds like he spoke with the Bucks, who are now owned by his friend Marc Lasry, to make sure that he had a fall-back position before he made this absurd powerplay.
Of course, this is nothing new for Kidd. He has a long history of getting people fired starting with Lou Campanelli, his coach at the University of California, to Dick Motta in Dallas, Byron Scott in New Jersey, Avery Johnson in Dallas, Lawrence Frank in Brooklyn and it seems likely that Larry Drew in Milwaukee is next. It’s actually kinda crazy that Billy King somehow managed to avoid his wrath.