Tuesday, July 1, 2014

You're Kidding, Right?

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd

For those who may have not followed along with Jason Kidd's timeline after his NBA-playing days, here's a quick rundown:

  • Retired from the New York Knicks in 2012-2013 NBA Season
  • Hired as the Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets for 2013-2014 NBA Season
  • Earned a Playoff Bid for the Brooklyn Nets at the 6th spot (finishing over .500)
  • Traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for coaching duties
    • In exchange for two Milwaukee draft picks to Brooklyn (Kidd was traded for 2 Bucks, literally)
As you can see, Kidd is a fairly new coach to all. But more importantly, what has the NBA buzzing is his recent stint:

- wanting more power in the Nets' franchise (overseeing basketball operations) -
There are only four coaches who are afforded this luxury, which are San Antonio's Greg Popovich, Minnesota's Flip Saunders, Los Angeles Clipper's Doc Rivers, and Detroit's Flip Saunders. All four of these guys have paid their dues.
As for Jason Kidd paying dues, I don't think so. What does he know, he's just a Kidd.
After one year of mediocre success (I'm not even sure if success is good to use), Kidd's ego may have inflated to the point of actually believing that Brooklyn's, let alone ANY, general manager would be willing to give Kidd more power than himself.
There can be a number of motives for Kidd to want more power in the Nets franchise, but I'll focus on a possible issue of jealousy due to other player-to-coach scenarios throughout the League.
Former NBA Guards Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher were awarded the vacant head coaching positions for the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, respectively. This may have something to do with Kidd's "one-up" mentality for willing himself to go and ask the Nets' GM for a promotion.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and
Milwaukee's Jabari Parker
Seriously, this is not the best way to get tapped to a higher position; especially when you're asking your boss for you to possess more power than him/her.
Now, Kidd is on his way to Milwaukee to shape up a next generation of ballplayers. This new job looks promising, since the Bucks have drafted Jabari Parker (see image); but, Jason Kidd will have his work cut out for himself.

Maybe this will be a good experience for Kidd to step away from the Big Apple and be able to put together a real coaching resume.

*Just to go off topic, I'm glad the Dallas Mavericks picked up Tyson Chandler (Raymond Felton, too...I guess). This will serve as a decent consolation prize, even if the Mavericks fail to pick up Carmelo Anthony.
I am really looking forward to seeing the chemistry between Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler, and Dirk Nowitzki. This may be a 60-win season in the works.
Welcome back, Tyson.

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