This Whole Jason Kidd Trade Is The Weirdest Thing Ever
Excerpt from USAToday.com –
Kidd’s tenure in Brooklyn apparently will be short, as he is thought to have had a Bucks job in hand when he went to Nets executives — above general manager Billy King’s head — and asked for control of basketball operations, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The person requested anonymity because there is no resolution yet as the Nets try to get compensation from the Bucks, and the Nets are set on a first-round pick.
Kidd’s power play backfired. He certainly had Russians in his corner. That’s in part how he got the coaching job with Brooklyn. Kidd’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, sold the idea of his player-to-coach transition to Dmitry Razumov, who is not listed in the Nets’ media guide but is a trusted adviser to owner Mikhail Prokhorov. King was against hiring Kidd, telling Sports Illustrated before the season that his initial reaction was, “Absolutely not.” But Razumov had interest, and Kidd won King over in the interview.
The relationship wasn’t smooth at first, especially when the Nets dropped to 10-21 after a New Year’s Eve loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Growing pains for Kidd as a coach were expected, but King also expected more after assembling the high-priced roster.
How seriously King considered a coaching change is unknown, but it had to have crossed his mind. Then the Nets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 2 and won 10 of their next 11 games. The Nets were headed in the right direction, and ended up being one of the better teams in the East from Jan. 1 through the end of the regular season.
Along the way, King and Kidd found common ground. King said Kidd “needed me to be there and to listen and be a sounding board and have an understanding of the kind of players he wants.” They communicated regularly.
The Nets finished with the sixth seed, beat the Toronto Raptors in the first round and lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. After that series, Kidd sounded like a coach ready to return to the Nets next season. Sometime between then and now, the idea to have more control of basketball operations became a priority.
But Kidd underestimated that King had key Prokhorov advisers on his side, too, and the coup failed. King played it right the entire time, from hiring Kidd to letting Kidd make the wrong moves.
Contributing: Sam Amick
Trading coaches is the weirdest thing ever. Coaches and players should be entirely different entities. If you’re done with a coach, you should have to fire him. Fire coaches and let them shop around with different teams.. The Nets basically just dropped dong on Kidd’s face and sent him to Milwaukee.. who the fuck wants to go to Milwaukee??? Nobody does.
Who Wins?: The Brooklyn Nets. I honestly would have taken a 30 rack of Bud Light for Kidd.. If I’m the Nets, I want him out of there, and I want him out fast. Kidd was a weird hire in the first place.. So a second-round pick ain’t bad.
Who Loses?: Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks. Like I said before, if I’m going to be traded anywhere, the last place I want to be traded is probably Toronto or Milwaukee. Jason Kidd loses big time.
Milwaukee picks up Kidd who isn’t nearly ready to be a coach. Guy’s pretty power hungry for no reason. I mean he was playing just over a year ago… you can’t just turn around and be a coach.. I didn’t retire from coach pitch little league and immediately start coaching t-ball..
I don’t know.. I guess the Bucks will welcome this guy with open arms.. oooops dropped my drink!!