Knicks’ David Fizdale says he sees Jason Kidd ‘running another team’ at some point
It’s probably time to revisit Jason Kidd’s coaching career.
The Hall-of-Fame point guard was hired right off the court by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013-14 season, leading a team with title aspiration to a 44-38 record. He then forced his way to the Milwaukee Bucks after just one season before being relieved of his duties midway through last season.
Milwaukee was 23-22 at the time of his firing, seemingly destined for another mediocre regular season followed by a first-round flameout. With Mike Budenholzer at the helm in 2018-19, though, the Bucks have been the best team in the league — and it’s not particularly close.
How much weight Kidd shoulders for Milwaukee’s underachieving during his time with the team is a matter still up for debate. One NBA head coach, though, believes it’s only a matter of time until he’s roaming the sidelines again.
“That guy’s a basketball genius,” new York Knicks head coach David Fizdale said of Kidd on Wednesday, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “I don’t see how at some point he’s not running another team.”
Kidd visited the Knicks during their shootaround at Talking Stick Resort Arena in advance of Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Though there are certainly those in league circles who believe Kidd deserves another chance to be a head coach in the NBA, David Fizdale’s endorsement comes with the caveat of a decades-long friendship dating back to youth.
Kidd, along with several other players-turned-coaches, has been rumored as a replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers’ Luke Walton for months. There has yet to be any concrete reporting affirming those whispers.