It is no surprise when a successful coaching staff eventually finds itself being plundered by other teams hungry to win.
This is at least one of the reasons why it seemed destined that Jason Kidd, the lead assistant on the Lakers under Frank Vogel for the last two seasons, would get an opportunity to rejoin the NBA’s head coaching ranks. Already known as a Hall of Fame point guard, Kidd’s championship run with the Lakers in 2020 helped rehabilitate his image after two less-than-ideal runs as a head coach in Brooklyn and Milwaukee. The Lakers publicly supported Kidd’s bid to get back into the top seat.
Assistants getting new opportunities is part of the game. But so is holding on to head coaches who have been successful – yet the Lakers have yet to extend the contract of the head coach who helped end their championship drought. And that deliberate timeline might create some vulnerability as the Lakers attempt to regroup for next season.
According to multiple media reports, Kidd has been hired to be the next coach of the Dallas Mavericks and could be officially introduced soon. Cultivating a coaching staff takes time, but multiple sources who spoke to Southern California News Group on Friday said it is possible that Kidd could ask current Lakers staffers to join him in Texas to coach a team built around budding superstar Luka Doncic.
While it’s still uncertain as of Friday who Kidd…