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Add two more names to the Suns’ coaching search. A league source said the Suns have spoken to former Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd as well as former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro.
Kidd, who has openly campaigned for the job, was fired as Bucks coach after 45 games this season. He has a 183-190 career coaching record but his tenures in Brooklyn and Milwaukee reportedly ended after conflicts with management. Del Negro played for the Suns in 2000-01 and for two games in 2001-02. He was named Phoenix’s director of player personnel in 2006 and one year later was promoted to assistant general manager. Del Negro has a 210-184 record in five seasons as a head coach.
Appearing on the “Bernie and Sid’’ WABC radio show Friday morning, Thomas gave endorsements for both former Knicks point guards. Kidd, who coached for Brooklyn and Milwaukee, played one season here when the Knicks staged their most successful season since the Jeff Van Gundy years, at 54-28 in 2012-13. They haven’t made the playoffs since Kidd abruptly retired. “When you talk about Jason and Mark Jackson, I‘m big fans and know both those guys personally,’’ said Thomas, who has maintained his friendship with Knicks owner James Dolan. “They’ve both been exceptional players. They are extremely bright. They know the game. They both have won in this league at a very high level and have coached at a high level. When you talk about those two, knowing the game and knowledge of the game and understanding today’s players, you couldn’t go wrong with either one of those choices.’’
Jason Kidd: Perry, as a Michigan assistant, recruited Kidd all the way back at California and are said to be close. But Kidd burned the Nets and Bucks sources suggest the newly minted Hall of Famer was resistant to changing his ways.