Jason Kidd is a candidate for the vacant Lakers head coaching job, joining Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams as reported candidates.
This used to be a prestigious job… but now? It seems like they’ll give it to anyone.
From the Don Pat Riley, to Phil Jackson, the Lakers have had some of the best coaches in NBA history (those two won 9 championships in LA). Hell, lets put the Guru of Go Paul Westhead in there (1 championship in LA). You see that list? Do you really think Kidd deserves to even sniff that list?
Kidd had a decent start to his coaching career in 2013-2014. He had veteran players like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett leading the way to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the Nets; yet he had his coaching rights traded after one year. If you think what the Lakers are doing are horrible, I’ll tell you some weird/shitty things he did to start his coaching career.
Kidd asked Tyshawn Taylor to bump into him so Kidd could spill the soda in his hand to delay the game and give the Nets time to draw a final play with no timeouts. As a coach, you want every advantage but during a regular season game?? (plus it was obviously a rules violation)
2. Lawrence Frank (who was the head coach of the Nets from 2004 to 2010) being signed on as the highest paid assistant coach in NBA history; he got a 6 year, $6 million contract. A fucking assistant! It didn’t even go well, as Kidd screamed at Frank after a loss to Orlando, dropping them to 5-12. After that, Frank was reassigned to daily reports. Here’s what Kidd said during the incident:
“Sit the (expletive) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (expletive) move,”
I got this from ESPN so you can fill in the blanks.
3. He tried to make a power move to have a say in roster decisions before asking to look at other jobs while still under contract, the Nets ended up trading him for two second-round picks to the Bucks.
4. Getting fired by the Bucks for being a shit coach who couldn’t do anything with Giannis.
Alright now that I’m done with Kidd being a weirdo, I’ll give you his overall record: 183-190. That’s a 49.1% winning percentage. You can probably make the case that the pieces he was given never panned out until he left, but it’s his job as a coach to get the most out of players, and clearly he hasn’t done it at his past two stops. And now the historic Lakers want to hire him!? I don’t get it.
History frowns upon coaches who have coached three different teams. Just look at the coaches that have led their team to an NBA championship since 1975 (what I consider to be the start of REAL basketball).
Pat Riley and Rick Carlisle are the only coaches to win a championship with their third team. Larry Brown did so after his second job as well, but when he won with Detroit in 2004, that was his 7th NBA head coaching position; he was bound to win eventually, right?
Since 1975, the remaining 17 head coaches that won a championship did so during either their first or second head coaching gig. 17 out of 20 coaches (85%) is a pretty decent number for this exercise, especially when you consider they won 41 out of a possible 44 championships (over 93%).
Listen, Kidd can win if he’s a good coach and doesn’t waste a LeBron, but after his failed attempt with Giannis, I’m not sure Kidd is ready for another coaching job. After his playing days, he should have gone through the ranks as assistant to learn a bit about what it takes to be a head coach. Maybe things wouldn’t have gone so differently, who knows.
The Lakers don’t have much options since LeBron basically runs the league. Tyronn Lue sounds like a safe bet. LeBron can say he wants to be coached by a good coach, but we all know that rarely ever happens. What legendary coach can take on such a diva…
Perhaps, but Pat Riley doesn’t want to be considered as an option to come back and replace Magic Johnson, so maybe the organization is just toxic now.
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