Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Does Jason Kidd have a chance to be Lakers next head coach?

Saying that Jason Kidd doesn’t have a “serious shot” at the Lakers vacant head coaching position is maybe only partially true. He may not be a front-runner, but an organization certainly wouldn’t bring someone in for an interview who has no ties to the Lakers previously just as a courtesy. It’s not unheard of for an underdog to get an interview and eventually get the job over someone else who most believed would be the eventual pick. This happened in the NFL when the Steelers interviewed Mike Tomlin, no one expected him to get the nod, but there he sits with a Super Bowl ring to boot.

The Lakers also interviewed Jason Kidd for the position on Monday, according to the same people. Pelinka and senior basketball advisor Kurt Rambis conducted the interview. Rambis returned to the organization last summer. He is married to Linda Rambis, the Lakers’ director of special projects who is Buss’ closest confidante.

Kidd is not expected to have a serious shot at the Lakers’ job — a position that some in the organization felt he was campaigning for during the season. Kidd was the coach of the Brooklyn Nets from 2013 to 2014 before the Nets traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd was with the Bucks until Jan. 22, 2018, when Milwaukee fired him. His career record as a coach is 183-190.

LA Times

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