Jason Kidd is an asshole.
We have plenty of examples of this. From his domestic abuse charge in 2002, to his DUI in 2012, to his reported backing out of a handshake agreement with the Mavs that same summer, and finally to his demoting of assistant Lawrence Frank to desk duties after Frank had the audacity to take control of some practices.
No, not all of these are related to him as a basketball player/coach -- but together they paint a picture of the type of guy he is. A guy with a very loose grasp on the word "morals".
And tonight, we get the latest installment of J-Kidd the jerk, as the Nets coach reportedly pulled a major power play in an attempt to be named President of the Nets. From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.
According to a league source, Kidd recently approached ownership with a series of demands, including the role of overseeing the Nets’ basketball operations department in addition to his head coaching responsibilities. The source said Kidd didn’t want general manager Billy King to be dismissed, but wanted to be given a title and placed above him in the organizational hierarchy.
Ownership declined to grant Kidd that kind of power, which is rare for any coach in the league to have. The source said ownership felt Kidd wasn’t ready for that kind of responsibility after having only one year of coaching experience — the team finished his first season on the bench with a 44-38 record, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference — and allowed Kidd to seek other opportunities.
The franchise then was asked by the Bucks for permission to speak with Kidd about the prospect of hiring him, and the Nets allowed them to do so.
Bucks coach Larry Drew just completed his first season in Milwaukee after the team hired him last summer following his contract expiring with Atlanta.
Here is a list of coaches with control over basketball operations:
Sir Gregg Popovich (Not technically a sir but at the same time he totally is)
Doc Rivers (named President because of a power shift during the Sterling mess)
Flip Saunders (should not be)
Stan Van Gundy (ditto)
That's it. Four guys, all of whom have seven-plus years of coaching experience, compared to Kidd's one.
Think about the audacity of being at your job for one year, doing an average job (44 wins with a loaded, albeit injured roster), and then walking in and demanding that you be named the PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY.
But this is J-Kidd's world, and we're all just living in it apparently.
What's interesting is that Kidd is the first of this generations superstars to be named head coach. And this is a generation who's superstars are used to getting what they want, when they want it. Obviously this prima donna attitude does not dissipate when their title shifts from player to coach.
Oh, and Kidd totally handled the news well! Just kidding he swore at his boss (reportedly).
Source says Jason Kidd cursed out Nets executive and associate of Prokhorov Dmitry Razumov over the phone when he wasn’t granted power…
— Nets Stats (@NetsStats) June 29, 2014
As for the Bucks -- good luck. Kidd is apparently friends with one of the owners, giving him the in he needed to get exactly what he wants. Poor Jabari Parker and Mallory Edens.
It does suck that another organization is going to give in to Kidd. It would have been fun to see him get rejected and have to crawl back to the Nets, hopefully driving the franchise into the ground from 2016-2018, sending three great draft picks the Celtics way.
Instead we get the 45,678th example of a NBA superstar getting whatever they want. Damn shame.
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