There is a lot of important stuff going on in the world today, more than anybody could have predicted and certainly more than has happened in generations. In this crazy environment, it’s important to take care of yourself. For me, that means engaging in my guiltiest of guilty pleasures: New York Knicks schadenfreude.
The Knicks have requested and received permission to interview the Lakers' Jason Kidd for their head coaching vacancy, @NYTSports has learned— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 22, 2020
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh that’s the stuff.
For the uninitiated, of whom there are few lucky souls, here’s the history of Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks. He was hired, before head coach Larry Drew even knew he was fired. He surprised people with an innovative defense in his first season, but the league figured it out and he never evolved. The team stagnated, even as players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton continued to grow. People (even us!) could see that it just wasn’t working. A fan movement enjoyed a groundswell of support for his ouster, making Twitter a very unhappy place for a very long time. Finally, he was fired, Joe Prunty finished out the season, and the Bucks just so happened to win 60 games in Mike Budenholzer’s first year at the helm. He won Coach of the Year, by the way, and Jason Kidd never came close to that award.
And now the New York Knicks are interested. The Knicks, owned by a businessman with the self-awareness of a dirty bucket of mop water, who have been mostly trash for 20 years, and are led on the court (and the ledger) by Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Maurice Harkless, and Taj Gibson. Unrelated, here’s a headline from long-suffering SB Nation sister site Posting and Toasting, a week ago:
To be clear, there’s a reason the Knicks are constantly in discussions. New York is the largest city in the country and a major media market, Madison Square Garden as a venue has a ton of cachet, and there is a smattering of young talent on the roster. But still, with a roster in desperate need of renovation and the front office in general disarray, why is Jason Kidd a target?
Sources close to Kidd have said that he would have interest in this job (he played for Dolan and Knicks in last successful season for NY) - and some teams interested in Kidd think that he could provide a link to the prize of next year's free agent class, Giannis. https://t.co/dlaYw7Oa1m— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) June 22, 2020
* deep breath*
Hahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahshshhsahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahshahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahhaha https://t.co/e1elc0uMxp— Moneybagg Yo(hannes) (@AronYohannes) June 22, 2020
Thank you, Knicks. I needed that.