Jason Kidd reportedly a candidate to replace Luke Walton
Luke Walton’s grasp on the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching job reportedly has weakened in recent weeks, and a big name is being touted as his potential replacement.
Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher speculates that if the Lakers do indeed cut Walton loose, former Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd should be considered a legitimate candidate.
More #NBA news from @RicBucher on today’s podcast: hearing Jason Kidd appears to be very much in the mix to be the #Lakers next head coach— Bucher & Friends Podcast (@BucherFriends) January 31, 2019
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Bucher addressed the rumblings of a potential Kidd-to-Lakers scenario this week on his “Bucher and Friends” podcast. Bucher said that the notion that Kidd could replace Walton has been “gaining momentum” after he first started hearing whispers about it a while back.
“Now, I know that Kidd wants to coach again. And I know he expressed interest in the Knicks job before David Fizdale ultimately got it,” Bucher added, as transcribed by Clutch Points. “… In the case of Jason and the Lakers, I figured it was a matter of Jason letting them know he was interested, and the Lakers saying, ‘Thanks, we’ll get back to you.’ Well, now sources are saying that the Lakers have actually gotten back to him and this has gone to the next level. And if the Lakers do make a move on Luke, which based on all of the rumblings could happen sooner rather than later, Kidd appears to be very much in the mix and possibly is even the favorite.”
Adding a layer of intrigue to the situation is a report that suggests LeBron James’ “frustration level has been visibly high” at certain points this season. Not only that, word has surfaced that James’ camp would prefer a coaching change, something that cannot be taken lightly.
All that said, Lakers co-owner and CEO Jeanie Buss reportedly is reluctant to make a coaching switch midseason. If the Lakers, however, do decide to fire Walton, Kidd would be an intriguing choice despite posting a 183-190 coaching record in five seasons.