Report: Lakers assistant Jason Kidd granted permission to interview for Knicks head coach job

Jason Kidd hired by Dallas Mavericks
Dec 22, 2018; Tempe, AZ, USA; NBA hall of fame basketball player Jason Kidd in attendance of the Arizona State Sun Devils game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Wells Fargo Arena (AZ). Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks need a new head coach. Jason Kidd is not currently an NBA head coach. These two things may soon collide as the franchise has reportedly asked for and was granted permission by the Lakers to interview for the vacant head coaching vacancy in New York.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on this developing story Monday afternoon.

Jason Kidd coaching record not nearly as successful as his Hall of Fame playing career

Kidd, of course, parlayed a Hall of Fame playing career into a long-term coaching career. He was a member of the Knicks in his final season as a pro player (2012-13), then inked a contract to coach the Brooklyn Nets in 2013.

The next summer, after Kidd led the Nets to the playoffs that spring, Brooklyn traded him to the Milwaukee Nets for two second-round picks. Kidd lasted almost four seasons in Milwaukee before being fired with a 23-22 record during the 2017-18 season.

All told, Kidd garnered a 183-190 record overall as a head coach with the Nets and Bucks. His teams went 9-15 in 24 playoff games.

The Knicks head coach search

There are other candidates for the vacant Knicks head coaching position, of course. Recently, another former Nets head coach, Kenny Atkinson, was tied to the job in rumors around the league. Additionally, former Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau has been reportedly targeted by the team.