After Failed Coup In Brooklyn, Jason Kidd May Be Moving On To Milwaukee
According to the New York Post, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd, coming off his first season as a head coach, attempted what was described as a “brazen” and “appalling” power play with the organization. One that, had it been attempted by just about anyone else, would’ve been downright shocking.
After all, Kidd’s team may have ultimately made the playoffs, but their season was exceptionally rocky early on. And although they made it to the postseason, the Nets were the No. 6 seed in the lowly East and barely survived the Toronto Raptors in the first round, only to get bounced by the Miami Heat 4-1 in the second.
It’s no surprise coming from Kidd, given that he’s been pulling these kinds of stunts since his college playing days. Per the NYP’s Mike Vaccaro:
Beucase even if it seems bold and brazen even by Kidd’s remarkably passive-aggressive standards, it’s simply a standard move from his time-honored (and dog-eared) playbook.
Goodness, Kidd’s been doing this since hiss freshman year at Cal, when he led a mutiny that wound up costing Lou Campanelli his job with 10 games left in the season.
And never were his Machiavellian methods more on display then the evening of Dec. 5, 2007, when, unhappy with the Nets’ unwillingness to trade him or extend his contract, he conducted a one-man job action, calling in sick and missing a game against the Knicks at the Meadowlands when the only thing wrong with him was a sour attitude.
Well, as is often the case when one tries to spend capitol one hasn’t earned, Kidd’s demand that he become a prominent decision maker within the organization did not give him the result he was hoping for.
Instead of moving up in the Nets organization, it looks like he’ll be moving on instead.
According to a Yahoo! Sports source, Kidd is currently in seriously negotiations to become president of basketball operations for the Milwaukee Bucks. That’ll give him the power he desires, without the uncomfortable spotlight of being on the sideline each game.
Kidd’s failed coup in Brooklyn has made a return there extremely unlikely, and he can obviously read the writing on the wall.