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Report: LeBron James wants Jason Kidd to stay with Lakers

LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd is reportedly the frontrunner to land the New York Knicks’ head-coaching job, something which may not sit well with LeBron James.

According to Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy, James — who has a very close relationship with Kidd — wants the Hall of Famer to stay with the Lakers instead of bolting for New York.

A source tells me that Jason Kidd wants the Knicks head coaching job.

Another source told me this evening that Lakers All-Star LeBron James wants Kidd to stay put in Los Angeles.

Kidd and James were on the Olympic team together back in the day and have mutual respect for each other. The Lakers hired the former superstar point guard as one of Frank Vogel’s assistant coaches. Kidd helped the Lakers snag the best record in the Western Conference standings before the season was suspended in March.

Kidd played for the Knicks for one season back in 2012. After he retired, the California native coached the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks before being fired from Milwaukee in January of 2018. Kidd has an overall coaching record of 183-190.

It’s going to be interesting to see who the Knicks hire as their next coach. James and Kidd are friends, so The King obviously wants the best for Kidd.

However, it appears that LeBron values Kidd on the Lakers and believes his departure would impact the team.

Besides Kidd, the Knicks have also been linked to Tom Thibodeau.