“The public nature of Lillard’s endorsement — telling Yahoo Sports that “Jason Kidd is the guy I want” — left Kidd feeling he would put both Lillard and Portland’s process in an awkward circumstance should he pursue the opening,” Wojnarowski wrote.
In the immediate aftermath of the latest Kidd news, the reactions from around the NBA ranged from speculation that Kidd has his sights set on a better gig to Kidd somehow knowing that Lillard will be leaving Portland.
Jason Kidd turning down a HC opening is not something I would’ve thought was feasible https://t.co/SYkrCpUfN4
— Mike DePrisco (@mike_deprisco) June 6, 2021
Part of me wonders if he has his sights set on a better opportunity. Not because he deserves it obviously. Just curious. https://t.co/8u5ik2qIrp
— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) June 6, 2021
J Kidd walked out the back door and onto the beach.. down to the water… rolled his sweats up…. Put his feet into the pacific… looked up at the sun… felt the 87 degree weather… took a sip of the 42 and pineapple juice out his glass… and said…. “Oregon? Naaaa.” https://t.co/AS1SHijN90
— Eddie Gonzalez (@bansky) June 6, 2021
if Dame (allegedly) wanted Jason Kidd as his HC in Portland and Kidd has now withdrawn his name — my math says Dame isn’t going to be very happy, which means … NEW YORK WE BACK IN HERE!!!!! https://t.co/Cb5tMTfmrG pic.twitter.com/rmuWqw8sKA
— Ashley Nicole Moss (@AshNicoleMoss) June 6, 2021
As Woj writes: “The public nature of Lillard's endorsement — telling Yahoo Sports that ‘Jason Kidd is the guy I want’ — left Kidd feeling he would put both Lillard and Portland's process in an awkward circumstance should he pursue the opening.” 🤔 https://t.co/swtVBQKokD
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 6, 2021
— ESPN 1320 Sacramento (@ESPN1320) June 6, 2021
Kidd owns an overall regular season record of 183-190 in four-plus seasons with the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. Since 2019, he’s been on Frank Vogel’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kidd is frequently linked to head coaching openings around the league, so we don’t think this will be the last time we hear his name this offseason.