Jason Kidd lands interview for Pistons head coaching job
After being sacked by the Milwaukee Bucks last January, it appears that it won’t be long until NBA fans see former head coach Jason Kidd back on the hard court. The 45-year-old reportedly secured an interview with the Detroit Pistons, as the franchise looks to appoint the successor to Stan Van Gundy, who himself was fired just less than a month ago.
Jason Kidd is interviewing with the #Pistons today for the organization’s head coaching job, per source. Kidd arrived in Detroit last night.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 2, 2018
After shaking up its roster during the mid-season trade window, the Pistons just missed out on making a post-season appearance. They finished ninth overall in the East, missing the eighth and final Playoffs spot by just four games. The head office decided that after four seasons with the club, it was time to cut ties with Van Gundy.
Should Kidd succeed in snatching the head coaching job for Detroit, he will definitely have an enormous task ahead of him. New cornerstone player Blake Griffin is already 29 and his history of injuries is no secret. Kidd will need to squeeze out as much as he can from Griffin as soon as he can. The former Los Angeles Clippers star still has a lot of basketball years ahead of him and the change in scenery should work in his favor.
For his part Kidd will be entering his sixth year as a coach. He kicked off his career with the Brooklyn Nets, but they parted ways after just one season. The 10-time All-Star then spent the next four with the Bucks. During his tenure he was able to guide Milwaukee to the Playoffs twice.