Report: Jason Kidd interviews with Rob Pelinka, Kurt Rambis for Lakers’ head coaching job
Kidd’s interview was with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and team executive Kurt Rambis. Los Angeles has also spoken with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams:
Jason Kidd interviewed for the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching vacancy Monday, multiple sources told ESPN.
Kidd has previous ties to LeBron James, having been an Olympic teammate of his in 2008, winning the gold together in Beijing. Kidd’s Dallas Mavericks also defeated James and the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.
After his playing career ended, Kidd coached the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. He went 44-38 in one season with the Nets and 139-152 in three and a half seasons with the Bucks. The Bucks fired Kidd on Jan. 22, 2018.
The Lakers missed the playoffs in 2018-19, the first season of the LeBron James era. Luke Walton and the Lakers parted ways, and Magic Johnson also stepped down from his president role. The Purple and Gold are widely expected to pursue an Anthony Davis trade this summer, as well as star players in free agency.
Kidd is one of the best point guards in NBA history. His skills as an head coach, though, are up in the air.