HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates

Bucks Coach Jason Kidd benched Parker for the entire fourth quarter of wins against Memphis and Oklahoma City last month. After matching his season low with six points in a similarly season-low 21 minutes in the Thunder win, Parker emerged from the training room with an ice pack on his right shoulder — the result of a strain suffered during summer league — but offered no excuses or complaints. “No need to get back out there if it’s working,” Parker said, while adding Kidd didn’t need to explain his decision for not playing him in those situations. “I can get an idea of what I need to do to stay on the floor. Be aggressive, do things that I can do on the defensive end, to make sure I can do my assignments.” Washington Post

December 17, 2014 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Kidd on Jabari: "I thought he was doing everything as a rookie, being able to play both ends and help the team win... It's sad that a good kid like this who is doing all the right things and an injury like that takes him out for the season." Twitter @cf_gardner

December 12, 2014 Updates

Of course, there are obvious pitfalls. Ownership could cede too much control to Kidd, who had zero input on personnel decisions in Brooklyn last season and, according to sources, didn’t seem at all interested in any. Hammond has taken some heat in recent years, but he is widely respected and has a strong track record in the draft (hello, Giannis), where Milwaukee will need to continue to land quality players. Lasrys wants consensus with big decisions, but ultimately Hammond’s voice should carry the most weight. Kidd’s job should be to coach a team freckled with promising players. Sports Illustrated

December 9, 2014 Updates

The first step in Kidd’s view is to eradicate the notion that Milwaukee is for losers. “We don’t want to be a layover city,” Kidd says. “We want coming here to be like going through Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas — where if you have a dogfight in Chicago one night, you know you’re going to have a dogfight in Milwaukee the next night.” Grantland

December 7, 2014 Updates

Nowitzki? He has a somewhat different view. “I still don’t think we would have been in position to repeat,” Nowitzki said. “That was a lot of games; I was struggling. That’s when my knee started to act up, and I missed some games. Training camp for some of our old guys was just too short. “I don’t know if we’d have had it. And there was a stretch of six games in eight days, and I don’t think that would have set us up perfectly for a deep playoff run, but who knows?” Dallas Morning News

December 6, 2014 Updates

Parker is averaging 29.7 minutes per game through the first 20 games of the season. Monitoring Parker’s minutes at the current pace could keep him fresher for a longer period, but at what cost? “Kidd’s hurting Jabari by not giving him enough playing time,” an Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “He’s 19 years old. He should be playing at least 35 minutes a game. Instead, he’s playing 29. That sounds like not a big deal, but seven or eight minutes per game adds up. It’s a lot of experience.” SheridanHoops

“He has to create better shots for himself,” an Eastern Conference executive told SheridanHoops. At 6’8” and 240 pounds, Parker is considered a tweener at the forward position. “All those guys that have become big-time scorers have had better bodies,” an Eastern Conference executive told SheridanHoops. “He’s got to tone up.” SheridanHoops

November 20, 2014 Updates

Despite some requests from the likes of Nets forward Kevin Garnett to remember what Kidd did for the franchise while it was in New Jersey, the die-hards at the Barclays Center greeted the ex-point guard with a loud chorus of boos on Wednesday night before his Bucks emerged victorious in three overtimes. Click on the video above to see the reaction. Newark Star-Ledger

It was a reception that would have been impossible to imagine last season, when the team retired the No. 5 jersey Kidd wore during the greatest career for a Nets player since the franchise joined the NBA. "My teammates, coaches, we did a lot for this franchise," Kidd said before the game. "But it's what-have-you-done-for-us-lately motto. I understand everybody has their opinion. It's business and I work for the Milwaukee Bucks." Boston Herald

Kidd insisted he never tried to go over King's head, and said he didn't want more control. "No. No, I didn't try to promote myself," he said. "Billy's the GM. He put the Brooklyn Nets together, so it is what it is. I didn't try to promote myself. I'm still learning to be a coach. This is my second season. I had a very interesting first year as a coach. I thought it was kind of funny that you guys were marking down how many times I held the clipboard. You do that to [Lionel] Hollins?" Newsday

Kidd denied trying to get himself positioned above general manager Billy King but also said they didn't have much of a relationship. He believes the Nets wanted to fire him in December, when they were en route to a 10-21 start. "I think it really helped me to see what I was dealing with, what type of people I was dealing with, you know?" Kidd said. Boston Herald

He has barely spoken about the terms of his departure and wasn't comfortable having to do it Wednesday. He said he had spoken to some Nets players since he left and was asked about last month's comments from owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who said the team made the trade with the Bucks because: "There is a nice proverb in English: Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you." "I thought it was a great quote. I've heard it before, so was it something new? No," Kidd said. Boston Herald

Irina Pavlova, the President of Onexim and a buffer between Prokhorov and the Nets’ front office, spoke out this week — issuing a statement that said, “Bad-mouthing our former franchise player and Head Coach does not help the current team one iota.” But even as he has forged a Hall of Fame résumé Kidd also has left a path of destruction in his wake, teams angry, coaches’ careers in tatters. He moves on, but as friends? Bergen Record

November 19, 2014 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Kidd was asked again whether talk he might be fired by the Nets last December contributed to his decision to go to the Bucks last summer. "It really helped me to see what type of people I was dealing with," Kidd said. "But I understand they did want to fire me in December." Twitter @cf_gardner

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