When the Los Angeles Lakers hired Jason Kidd to be on Frank Vogel's coaching staff in 2019, many speculated that Kidd would be next in line to be head coach. Now, Vogel isn't going anywhere after winning a championship with the Lakers in 2020, but that doesn't mean Kidd isn't looking for another head coaching opportunity.
The Lakers assistant spoke with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated and expressed his desire to be the lead man on the bench again:
I hope I’m close. I would love to have another opportunity at it. Being here with Frank, understanding his strengths and watching him and how he handles different situations, is a big key that I’ve learned. Patience, communication is really key to understanding where everybody stands. Not just your top players, but the end of the bench.
Before joining the Lakers, Kidd's two prior head coaching gigs in the NBA were a bit rocky. He spent just a single season (2013-14) with the Brooklyn Nets before attempting a major play to get more power in the organization. He had previously bought a minority ownership stake in the team.
When his power play failed, Kidd began talking to the Milwaukee Bucks about being their coach. He ultimately went to the Bucks in exchange for draft compensation.
Kidd coached in Milwaukee as Giannis Antetokounmpo began to develop into a superstar. However, his tactics came under plenty of scrutiny over the years, and he was fired midway through the 2017-18 season.
The 48-year-old joined Vogel's coaching staff after the former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach was hired by the Lakers in 2019-20.