HoopsHype Jason Kidd rumors

October 20, 2014 Updates
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Kidd was granted permission to talk to the Bucks in June and then was subsequently traded for two second-round picks. "Did I want to be traded?" said Kidd, whose Bucks play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. "I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs." Kidd was alluding to reports by ESPNNewYork.com and Yahoo! Sports about how management strongly considered making a coaching change last December when the Nets were in the midst of a 10-21 start but Russian ownership stuck with Kidd. ESPN.com

When asked about a comment he made recently to ESPN's Chris Broussard about how "Brooklyn thought that they could do better" in regards to his departure from the Nets, Kidd points to what the Nets have now. "They got second round picks," Kidd said on Sunday. "I thought they got a coach [Lionel Hollins] and second-round picks." ESPN.com

October 14, 2014 Updates

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said the team had sincere interest in bringing veteran Ray Allen back to the team during the past summer, but the former Bucks player was not inclined to return. Allen, an unrestricted free agent, still has not signed with any NBA team and has not said if he plans to retire. He played with the Miami Heat the past two years and helped it win the 2013 NBA championship. He also won a league title with the Boston Celtics in 2008. "We did contact Ray," Kidd said. "He's weighing his options to see where he wants to go. But we did have interest." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

September 27, 2014 Updates

Jason Kidd was hired as the team’s coach over the summer and he wants to move Antetokounmpo from small forward to point guard. Kidd believes the second-year player has the skill set to thrive as a floor general, and envisions him being a match-up nightmare with his 6’11 frame and 7’5 wingspan. The 19-year-old has been working out in Milwaukee with teammates and is prepared to make the transition to the one. “I’m not going to say I was shocked by it,” Antetokounmpo told Basketball Insiders when asked about the move to point guard. “It’s something that I feel comfortable with and I’ll play wherever Coach wants me to play, especially when it’s Coach Kidd who thinks that I can play point guard. That makes me feel like, ‘I can play it. I can play point guard.’ I’m going to try my best and just listen to Coach. I’ll do whatever Coach says to do and I’ll get more comfortable.” Basketball Insiders

What have your conversations with Larry Sanders been like this summer? Jason Kidd: We've been great. He came out to summer league for a couple days to work out. We've talked all summer. I'm very excited. He has said on multiple occasions he's excited to play basketball. We understand how important he is to this team, and so, again, what he brings to the table on the defensive and offensive end, we're very excited to have. He's said he wants to have a bounceback season. How's he looking, what are your expectations for him? Jason Kidd: He looks great. He looks great. He's running. He's blocking shots, rebounding, he's talking, he's helping his teammates out on both ends. He's in shape. He looks great. Everybody that we've seen, the 15 guys that have been here most of September look great. CBSSports.com

September 26, 2014 Updates

Q: Is it true you're going to have Gary Payton mentoring Giannis? Jason Kidd: No, I'm not having anyone mentor anyone. For me, it's looking at guys that I've played against or played with that can maybe help come in for a day or two to talk about what it takes to be successful. And so Gary at some point might come in and talk, but we're not going to hire him. CBSSports.com

September 19, 2014 Updates
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Jason Kidd had a vision going to Milwaukee: to see Giannis Antetokounmpo running the point for the Bucks from the "1" position. The new coach of the "Bucks" is not only determined to implement this idea, but will have the help of one of the top point guards of the 90s in this effort: Gary Payton. Gary Payton is in Athens today and at an event held during the afternoon in the northern suburbs, he revealed that he has agreed with the Bucks to assume the role of 'Special Advisor' for Giannis Antetokounmpo during next season. The "Glove" will start work during pre-season, which will begin at the end of the month, and said that he has met with the 19 year old forward in Las Vegas, as well as with Jason Kidd, with whom he has a long friendship from the years they have both played in the NBA. Brew Hoop

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Porschla pointed out she grew up in Gulfport, Miss., not far from Kiln, the hometown of former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The Kidds met through a mutual friend in New York and were married in September 2011. "I was teaching yoga at the time, and he professed his newfound love for yoga and showed up at my class the next day," Porschla said. "I guess the rest is history." Jason remembers it this way. "It was a yoga class that I almost missed," he said. "It was a little advanced for my speed, but it was definitely worth it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

September 11, 2014 Updates

Kidd said he and his family have enjoyed the Milwaukee summer and early fall weather while learning the city. "It's going to change; we know that," Kidd said. "But it gets cold on the East Coast, no matter where you are. The beauty of coming here, the people have been wonderful. "You hear about the buzz of the Bucks. When you have new ownership that's going to be aggressive about trying to put a contender together and young talent that's going to take the floor, there's a lot of reason to be excited." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The couple has sampled several Milwaukee restaurants already, including Screaming Tuna in Walker's Point and Carnevor in the downtown area. And they have received a sampling of Midwestern hospitality that stunned Porschla. "My neighbors baked us brownies," she said. "That's the first time that's ever happened to me. "They brought them over and said, 'Welcome to the neighborhood and welcome to Milwaukee.' It was really nice. Who does that, right? "It was really nice and made us feel at home." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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As he has previously, Kirilenko seemed to diss Kidd, at one point suggesting he may not have wanted to deal with the pressure of coaching in New York, "So the pressure is huge. And Kidd couldn’t handle it. Or maybe didn’t want to." He called the team's second round exit a "lack of success." (Kirilenko's wife, Masha, publicly criticized Kidd for not playing the veteran in the playoffs.) NetsDaily

The criticism got harsher, more so than in previous interviews. "Basically he was not able to do much of anything, if you look at the big picture – we have to admit that fact," says Kirilenko, throwing his arms open. "There were objective reasons. Our starting center, Brook Lopez, injured himself early and was out for the whole season. There were health problems with other players. But the serious goals set before the club were not cancelled. We were serious about fighting for the title." "When Kidd became head of the team, no one really knew what to expect," he added. "Of course he had colossal experience as a player but no coaching experience. Or reputation. At the beginning it was difficult. What else could it be when you’re losing more games than you’re winning? Things were a bit easier for me as I was injured at the time and couldn’t be on the court and do anything about it, no matter how much I wanted to. So, inside, I was calm." NetsDaily

As for Holllins, AK-47 likes the idea of having a veteran coach. "No one knows how we’ll play under Lionel. Maybe better. Maybe worse. But one thing is for sure: Hollins, unlike Kidd, has huge experience as a coach. And he has an excellent understanding of what to do and how to develop the team’s playing." NetsDaily

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