The NBA offseason. A time where coaches who were hired right after they retired attempt to takeover an organization, curse out head honchos and then somehow winds up about to fall up and into the job as president of basketball operations for another team. Also yesterday we got news about the Big Three in Miami, Chandler Parsons and his now restricted free agency and more. On to the links:
Jason Kidd is Power Hungry and Crazy: Adrian Wojnarowski runs down just how power hungry Jason Kidd is.
Kidd’s thirst for more power and money began to escalate with Golden State’s and New York’s hirings of Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher, respectively, as coaches, league sources said. Kidd was livid they were paid contracts substantially higher than what the Nets paid Kidd as a rookie coach.
“That got him – especially Fisher,” one official told Yahoo Sports.
Kidd was hired for three years, $10.5 million, only to be livid over Kerr and Fisher getting four-year deals guaranteeing more than $4 million dollars per season. Lost on Kidd was this: His dicey history made him unappealing as a coach, except with the Nets.
Draft Stuff: This is a few days old but Zach Lowe is always worth a read. This time it was on the Nuggets and 76ers and their draft days.
There’s a minuscule possibility all three of Miami’s stars are ready for new things. On Thursday, Ric Bucher tweeted that the Heat were going to try and trade with the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry and that Bosh would opt out and return to Toronto as a free agent. LeBron might not be sold on Wade’s durability or his ability to further his legacy with more championships in Miami. It’s hard to argue joining the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets or Los Angeles Clippers wouldn’t make his new team title favorites.