If the last few days have gotten you all riled up about Jason Kidd, wait until you hear this.
According to a New York Post report, Kidd, still coach of the Nets at the time, wanted to trade Brook Lopez and Mirza Teletovic to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova after Brooklyn was eliminated by the Heat in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
Looking at this now, it appears Kidd was planning on bolting Brooklyn for Milwaukee all along. Why else would he want to trade Lopez, who when healthy is one of the best centers in the NBA and the most talented Nets player, along with Teletovic who is a sharp-shooter from deep for Larry Sanders who preaches about marijuana all day long, and Ersan Ilyasova who’s a nice 10 ppg player in the NBA?
This trade idea Kidd came up with would have gone down as one of the biggest rip-offs in NBA history and it’s no surprise Nets management wouldn’t go through with it.
Kidd continues to build quite the negative reputation for himself both on and off the court, and on the sidelines. He was charged with beating his wife, and smashing his car into a telephone pole when he was drunk.
On the court, he made the Nets fire Byron Scott who took the franchise to its only 2 NBA Finals appearances, quit on the team in 2007 when he gave the team no other option but to trade him, recently wanted complete control over the Nets basketball operations a little over a year after he retired as a player, and for a 2nd time, quit on those same Nets by forcing his way out of town as coach.
The Nets may very well be better off with Kidd gone. He didn’t deserve to be coach to begin with, and now the Nets can move forward in a better direction.
Bag it Jason.