Jason Kidd broke the unwritten rule of the coaching fraternity — you don’t go after another man’s job. For example, have you noticed how over the years Jeff Van Gundy’s name comes up in a ton of coaching search lists but ask him about the jobs and he refuses to discuss it if said team has not yet fired their coach.
Jason Kidd cut Larry Drew off at the knees in Milwaukee (and since he got hired directly by ownership without consulting Bucks GM John Hammond about it at first, Hammond can’t feel too safe about his job either) and it seems the only question left is compensation.
The Bucks have offered second round picks, the Nets want a first. But they may want to just move on more, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Kidd will find Milwaukee a vastly different experience, and we’re not just talking about butter burgers and fried cheese curds here.
The Nets have spent big on veterans to win now (with limited success but the effort is there). The Bucks are small market and building that way — draft well, develop the talent you have, bring in a few mid-level free agents to round it out and grow all of that into a team over years. Kidd will have to turn a front line of Jabari Parker and John Henson into something over the next couple years, plus get Larry Sanders’ head screwed back on. Then you have the ultimate test of developing impressive raw talent in Giannis Antetokounmpo.
It’s about patience, teaching, and using the right scheme to showcase and grow these players. Kidd couldn’t meld the Nets roster into something that worked well with the best scoring center in the game in Brook Lopez, he only stumbled into lineups that worked when Lopez got hurt. Kidd seemed to grow as a coach as last season went on, that is now about to be put to a real test — the Bucks’ job is about some old-school coaching.