The head coach of the Brooklyn Nets this past season, Jason Kidd, appears to finally be on his way to the Milwaukee Bucks. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweeted today, “Several sources believe deal gets done in 24 hours w/ a 2nd rounder, or two.”
Of course, the big story seems to be that Kidd is a hit-and-run coach with no loyalty. The former star, who hasn’t even spoken publicly on this whole issue yet, has been painted as the villain of all villains, which is just plainly ridiculous.
First off, if Kidd is guilty of anything, it’s simply of having great foresight. In other words, Kidd is just a really smart guy. After the 2011-12 NBA season playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Kidd foresaw that the New York Knicks would be really good, and signed instead with New York, getting the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference in the process.
After that one season in New York, Kidd once again had that amazing foresight as he jumped into coaching with the Nets. He, of course, guided the Nets to the second round of the playoffs, while the Knicks, like the Mavericks in 2013, couldn’t even squeeze their way in.
And now that Kidd once again is able to look into that crystal ball of his and see all doom and gloom in Brooklyn but a bright future with the Bucks, he’s the bad guy? Unlike Nets GM Billy King who, in 2012, threw former Nets head coach Avery Johnson under the bus?
In reality, Kidd is simply making his way through the shark-infested waters of the NBA. Think back to a prime Kidd on the basketball court — he would be running down the court on the fast break, and he was so unpredictable and improvisational that not even he knew what he was going to do. However, he would normally do something spectacular.
Rather than demonizing Kidd for being disloyal and cold-hearted, we should be praising him for being as spectacular in his post-playing days as he was when he played.