Report: Jason Kidd Front-Runner for Knicks’ Head Coach
Feb 29, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Memphis won 105-88. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Knicks’ head coaching search just got more interesting. Former Brooklyn Nets player Jason Kidd is now the front-runner for the job over Tom Thibodeau, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Thibodeau contract negotiations with New York have stalled, leading to Kidd to becoming the front-runner. Thibodeau’s dispute is reportedly over contract length.
The Knicks view Kidd as a conduit to attracting stars, and his relationship with Giannis Antetokounmpo is a bonus. However, some people in the organization are skeptical of Kidd’s coaching abilities.
Kidd wowed Knicks brass in his second interview with the team and really wants the job, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. One of Bergman’s sources gave Thibodeau a 65 percent chance of landing the job.
Kidd is currently an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also has a 183-190 career record from his time as head coach for the Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. During that period he made three playoff appearances and won one series.
If neither Thibodeau nor Kidd gets the job, the Knicks could keep interim coach Mike Miller, who went 17-27 last season after taking over for David Fizdale. Former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, who has interviewed with the Knicks twice, is another option.