Recent Lakers rumors are that they have granted permission for the New York Knicks to speak with Jason Kidd about their head coaching vacancy.
With the NBA season set to resume soon, recent Lakers rumors have been about the team preparing to chase a title.
However, while the Lakers get ready for the season to resume, one of their assistant coaches has drawn the interest of the New York Knicks. While the roster for the Lakers is certainly an improved one this season, another one of the reasons for their success is because of their strong coaching staff.
Even though Frank Vogel might not have been the first choice of the Lakers this offseason, he has become a good one, as the Lakers have become a great team on the defensive end of the court.
In addition to having Vogel, the Lakers also have a former head coach in Jason Kidd on the bench. When the Lakers brought in Kidd along with Vogel, many thought that Kidd would be pressing for the head coaching gig sooner rather than later. However, Vogel has handled the pressure of Los Angeles well, and doesn’t look appear like he will be going anywhere anytime soon.
Due to the success of the Lakers, it should come as no surprise that some of their coaches are worthy of being interviewed by other teams. According to Marc Stein, the Knicks have asked for and received permission to speak with Kidd.
Kidd has been a head coach in the NBA for about four and a half seasons, with three trips to the playoffs in those four years. As one of the best point guards of all-time, Kidd has a great mind for the game, and he has seen some success as a head coach.
For the Knicks, there is a bit of a link to Kidd with him playing in New York toward the end of his career.
Kidd didn’t have the greatest reputation around the league as a coach in a short amount of time. However, he has done well as an assistant for the Lakers, and might be ready for another chance to lead a franchise. With the Knicks being interested, it will be fascinating to see if anything develops.