Kidd says he received't vie to develop into Blazers' coach
Jun 6, 2021
Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider
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- Joined ESPN in 2017
Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd has withdrawn his identify from consideration for the Portland Path Blazers head-coaching emptiness, he urged ESPN on Sunday morning.
"Portland's a well-known-class group and could well non-public mammoth candidates for its head coaching job, nonetheless I've made up our minds to not be one in every of them," Kidd urged ESPN. "Whoever they have interaction could well non-public mammoth sneakers to contain from Terry [Stotts]."
Kidd used to be in the spoil wretched with the notion of pursuing the hole after Blazers smartly-known person Damian Lillard publicly called for his hiring interior hours of Stotts' departure on Friday night. The public nature of Lillard's endorsement -- telling Yahoo Sports activities that "Jason Kidd is the fellow I desire" -- left Kidd feeling he would put each Lillard and Portland's process in an ungainly circumstance have to tranquil he pursue the hole.
The Blazers non-public but to demand for permission to remark to -- or reach out without delay to -- any likely candidates, nonetheless that is expected to interchange as soon as the first spherical of the playoffs ends Sunday, sources stated.
Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, outdated Unique York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D'Antoni and Michigan coach Juwan Howard are amongst the candidates the Blazers are expected to non-public in mind, sources stated.
Kidd has been the highest assistant under Frank Vogel with the Lakers for two seasons, along with their 2020 NBA championship. Kidd previously served as a head coach for the Nets -- main them to the Jap Conference semifinals in 2014 -- and the Milwaukee Bucks, the build he reached the playoffs twice in his three-plus years there (2015 to 2018).
As a participant, Kidd is idea of as one in every of the most reasonable likely point guards of all time. His 19-yr profession earned him entrance into the Naismith Basketball Corridor of Reputation in 2018.