What Jason Kidd wants, Jason Kidd gets. That’s the way it’s been throughout his entire NBA career, both as a player and now on the sidelines despite the fact he’s been in trouble with the law more than a few times, and a traitor.
He was arrested in 2001 on a misdemeanor assault charge for striking his wife Joumana during an argument over the feeding of their son. Then in 2007, Kidd and Joumana went through a messy divorce.
In July of 2012, Kidd was arrested on a DWI charge in the Hamptons after “crashing his luxury SUV into a utility pole, capping a night of pounding vodka while partying”.
Kidd really started getting greedy as a New Jersey Net in 2004 when he forced the team to fire Byron Scott who had just taken the team to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances.
Lawrence Frank took over as coach and then 3-years later Kidd decided he wanted out of New Jersey so he lied to the the team telling them he couldn’t play in a game against the Knicks due to a migraine.
Kidd didn’t like playing for a struggling Nets team and a little over a month later got his wish when he was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks. In 2011, Kidd won his first NBA title when the Mavericks beat the Miami Heat.
After his time in Dallas came to a close, Kidd spent the 2012-2013 season ironically with those same Knicks, and retired at the end of the season.
This is where the fun really begins. Within weeks of retiring from the NBA, Kidd decided he wanted to be a coach, and the Nets caved giving him a 3-year $10.5 million dollar contract.
The season got off to a rough start with Kidd being suspended the first 2 games of his coaching career as a result of his July 2012 DWI charge, “spill gate”, a 10-21 start to the season, and Kidd personally firing the same Lawrence Frank who be brought to Brooklyn to be his top assistant just months into the job. Kidd’s time as coach of the Nets almost came to an end before it really started.
Brooklyn however, stuck with Kidd and the team turned it around finishing with the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference after January 1st and the team earned a 6th seed in the NBA playoffs. The Nets were eventually bounced in the 2nd round by the Miami Heat in 5 games.
Things appeared to going smoothly until Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reported last night that Kidd had asked Nets ownership if he could take over as President of Basketball Operations. Not only did he want to be coach, he wanted to have complete control over the make-up of the entire team and wanted to have more power than acting GM Billy King.
The team smartly said no, and what Jason Kidd wants, Jason Kidd gets, so he received permission to interview with the Milwaukee Bucks. Like the Nets, Milwaukee reportedly caved in and offered him the position he desired as Team President. All signs point to Kidd taking the job with the Bucks and leaving the Nets after just one season. The two sides have already talked about compensation, according to sources.
Just based on his prior history of forcing his way out of situations and his legal history, the Nets should have known better than to bring him in as coach. The franchise saw first-hand how he couldn’t be trusted and it took only one year for him to want out. This, this was just a first guess on my part as someone who has been following his career closely.
This is what I wrote in June of 2013 prior to the launching of Standing O Sports about the Nets hiring of Kidd:
“Who’s to say that if things don’t go well with the Nets, Kidd quits and walks away putting the Nets back at square one. It’s unlikely he does that, but he did it as a player and who’s to say he won’t do it again as a coach?”
Well, what do you know.
I also believe that like the Nets, the Milwaukee Bucks should know better than to hand Jason Kidd with this reputation the keys to their franchise less than one-year after he retired from the league.
What the Bucks are doing could honestly be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen an NBA team do. There’s no way Kidd has any resume to be a President of a team. The man just retired as a player a little over a year ago.
But if that’s what the Bucks want to do, go for it. Just don’t be angry when the Kidd turns his back on you.