An intriguing name has surfaced into the New York Knicks coaching search.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Knicks have requested permission from the Los Angeles Lakers to interview assistant Jason Kidd for their head coaching vacancy.
Per Steve Popper of Newsday, Kidd is an attractive coaching candidate because many believe he can provide a link to Giannis Antetokounmpo – whom Kidd coached on the Bucks – when he becomes a free agent next summer.
Kidd, 47, was head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2014-18 and was also head coach with the Brooklyn Nets from 2013-14 before he was hired as an assistant with the Lakers; but he does not come without some controversy.
While with the Nets, Kidd was suspended the first two games of his first season as a head coach stemming from a misdemeanor DUI the previous year. He was also fined $50,000 later that season after he instructed a player to bump into him intentionally so he could spill a cup of soda onto the court to force a stoppage in play.
Kidd did reach the playoffs in his two seasons with the Nets, but things began to deteriorate when he had requested more management power over Nets then-general manager Billy King. He also began discussing a move to the Bucks while Milwaukee still employed Larry Drew as head coach.
The Nets eventually traded Kidd’s rights to Milwaukee in exchange for two second-round draft picks.
As head coach of the Bucks, Kidd reached the postseason once in three years and was fired midway through the 2017-18 season.
Kidd played for the Knicks in the 2012-13 season – the final season of his Hall of Fame career – which spanned 19 seasons and included an NBA Finals championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2010-11.
Other Knicks head coaching candidates include Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson, Mike Brown, Mike Woodson, Jamahl Mosley, Ime Udoka, Pat Delaney and interim head coach Mike Miller.