Tim Bontemp of the New York Post is reporting that Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets could be headed for a divorce over the second year coach having more say in personnel.
According to the report, Kidd suddenly approached Nets brass with a set of demands that included being named President of basketball operation.
According to a league source, Kidd recently approached ownership with a series of demands, including the role of overseeing the Nets’ basketball operations department in addition to his head coaching responsibilities. The source said Kidd didn’t want general manager Billy King to be dismissed, but wanted to be given a title and placed above him in the organizational hierarchy.
Ownership declined to grant Kidd that kind of power, which is rare for any coach in the league to have. The source said ownership felt Kidd wasn’t ready for that kind of responsibility after having only one year of coaching experience — the team finished his first season on the bench with a 44-38 record, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference — and allowed Kidd to seek other opportunities.
The Bucks then approached the Nets about having the opportunity to interview Kidd and possibly hire him. Bucks coach Larry Drew just completed his first season in Milwaukee.