Jason Kidd was one of the best point guards in NBA history.
However, his career as a head coach hasn’t been anything special.
Receiving a job immediately after he retired as a player, he spent one season as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, guiding them to a 44-38 record and a first-round playoff series win. But, a major rift happened between the coach and the rest of the front office after Kidd reportedly wanted more power in the organization. He was also reportedly upset about the financial aspect of his initial contract.
As a result, the Nets traded the rights to Kidd to the Milwaukee Bucks for two second-round draft picks.
Over three-and-a-half years in Milwaukee, he went 139-152. Although he led the Bucks to playoff berths in two of his three full seasons, he didn’t record a series victory. This past season, Kidd was shockingly fired after a 23-22 start to the year and was replaced by assistant Joe Prunty.
“We just felt that we got to a point in the season where this team could do more and could perform at a different level in a different way, and (we are) looking for a fresh approach and different voice in leadership for the team,” general manager Jon Horst said after the decision was made, according to the Associated Press’ Genaro C. Armas.
Still without a coaching job right now, Kidd may never land an NBA gig again.
But, he has his sights set on a particular area of the country.
Home sweet home
“One day, I’ll come back and hopefully coach in the Bay Area. This has always been home. And so hopefully maybe in high school, maybe in college. Or maybe if Steve Kerr ever decides to stop coaching, I can maybe help out with the Warriors one day,” Kidd recently told Yahoo Sports, as pointed out by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports.
He later clarified that his comment about Kerr was a joke.
“I’d like to clarify that my comments about coaching the Warriors were taken out of context as I was making a joke during the interview. The Warriors have a great coach in Steve Kerr,” he noted.
Kidd starred at the University of California during the 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 seasons before turning pro. The Bears named Wyking Jones as their head coach in 2017, but it’s worth noting that they went 8-24 last season, erasing a streak of five 21-plus win seasons in a six-year span.
Therefore, if Jones can’t get things turned around at Cal, perhaps Kidd’s name will come up.