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Report: Knicks to interview former Bucks and Nets coach Jason Kidd

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Assistant Coach Jason Kidd of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on prior to a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks on January 22, 2020 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jason Kidd has close ties to LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who can both become free agents in 2021.

Think that appeals to the Knicks, who are always desperately chasing stars?

Marc Stein of The New York Times:

The Lakers reportedly made Kidd the NBA’s highest-paid assistant coach. That honor and success like the Lakers are having this esason typically open the door for head-coaching interviews.

But after coaching the Nets and Bucks, Kidd comes with baggage – interpersonal issues, dated thinking and a mixed record of player development.

Kidd improved from his early days coaching Brooklyn. He might have continued to improve his coaching ability since Milwaukee fired him. Kidd was such a smart player, he still holds promise as a coach.

If the Knicks think he’s the best person for the job, they should hire him. If they believe he’ll lure LeBron or Antetokounmpo, the Knicks are wasting their time.

Most likely, New York will decide neither is the case and hire Tom Thibodeau.