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It’s official: Jason Kidd is now a Lakers assistant coach

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, August 01, 2019 10:22am

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially welcomed hall of fame player Jason Kidd into their coaching staff, the team announced on Wednesday (Philippine time), NBA.com reported.

Kidd will be part of the coaching staff along with newly-hired head coach Frank Vogel and assistant coaches Lionel Hollins, Phil Handy, Mike Penberthy, and Quinton Crawford. Miles Simon is the only remaining in the staff from the coaching staff of former Lakers head coach Luke Walton.

Before his appointment with the Lakers, Kidd was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2014 to 2018. He led Milwaukee to the playoffs in the 2014-2015 and in the 2016-2017 seasons. He had a total of 139 wins and 152 losses as the Bucks’ chief tactician.

Kidd entered coaching immediately after his retirement as a player from the NBA. He was hired the Brooklyn Nets head coach in 2013 after he played his last NBA season with the New York Knicks in the 2012-2013 season.

The former co-Rookie of the Year (with Grant Hill) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks second overall in the 1994 NBA Rookie Draft. He played in four different NBA teams in his 19-year playing career in the NBA.

Kidd was also one of the stars of the New Jersey Nets, alongside Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson, who went to battle against Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and the Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals. The Lakers won that series, 4-0.

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