Stephen Jackson says Jason Kidd is the ‘real’ head coach with Lakers
Before new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel has even coached a game, his status on the team has been called in to question by former NBA player Stephen Jackson on ‘Undisputed’:
Skip: LeBron's got a whole lot more basketball IQ than Frank Vogel. I respect Vogel, but he ain't LeBron when it comes to knowing basketball. They're going to elevate Jason Kidd.@DaTrillStak5: If you been around the game, and you see what they're doing, Kidd is really the HC. pic.twitter.com/1a1P23edDQ
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 11, 2019
Jackson claims that even though Vogel is the official head coach, assistant coach Jason Kidd will actually be pulling the strings.
Skip Bayless agreed with Jackson’s thoughts and opined that Kidd will soon be elevated to the head coaching position.
Being the head coach of the Lakers has got to be one of the hardest coaching positions right now in the NBA. Besides being in constant scrutiny, there isn’t a very high level of job security.
Additionally, star LeBron James has a history of clashing with coaches and becoming more of a player-coach than a player. Besides trying to handle this, Vogel apparently now has to deal with an assistant coach taking over his role.
Although he was a very good basketball player, Kidd doesn’t have a good head coaching record. He has coached a little over four seasons, mostly with the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd led his team to the playoffs in three of the four full seasons he coached, but the farthest he got was the second round. His overall coaching record is 183-190, a tick below .500.
Whoever is the main voice in the huddle for the Los Angeles Lakers certainly has their hands full with all the expectations that have been heaped on the playoffs starved franchise. Hopefully, they can put the pieces together.