Oklahoma City Thunder
The ex-player turned coach thing usually works well for guys who played point guard in the NBA. It was their jobs to know players better than they knew themselves and help put them in positions to win as players, so it’s nothing new once it’s time to run things from the sidelines. The Thunder already have an ex point guard on their hands as coach in Scott Brooks, but he’s been on the hot seat lately with his inability to draw up successful plays for the Thunder down the stretch.
Even as a coach, Kidd’s kind of a masterful playmaker. Give him arguably the game’s best duo in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and Kidd might be able to push them past the powers of the Western Conference and on to a title.
Sure, the Cavs just hired David Blatt fresh off the boat from Israel, but Kidd could do no wrong in Cleveland. Playing a fast paced, uptempo game is what Kidd loved to do as a player. Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins under coach Kidd might be the most impressive and fun show to watch since Pat Riley coached Magic Johnson and James Worthy back in the 80’s. Not to mention how much respect LeBron James has for Kidd as a player and person. Cleveland’s going to take their shot at bringing Bron back, why not sweeten the pot?
University of California, Berkley
This might seem like a shock, but maybe Kidd could go and conquer college ball for a while at his alma mater. Back in the day, Kidd was an All-American point guard that led the Golden Bears as far as the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. A return to his old school would mean job security and he’d still make bank. Think college coaching contracts can’t hold up to NBA jobs? Kentucky coach John Calipari just inked a seven year, $52.2M deal. Compare that to the four year, $10.5M dollars Kidd singed up for in Brooklyn and “heading back to school” doesn’t look like a bad option.
Los Angeles Lakers
Kidd’s a California boy, who grew up in the Oakland area. Returning back to his home state to coach one of the NBA’s greatest franchises would be a dope move. Kobe doesn’t give the cosign easily, but the two have a mutual respect for each other. Since the Lakers have been so dreadful the past two seasons, adding Kidd couldn’t hurt.
During the NBA playoffs, the Wizards became the hot team to root for. John Wall and Bradley Beal look like the future of the league and are arguably the best one-two punch when it comes to starting guard combos in the league. Being that Kidd was a fast guard with a big personality to match his 6-foot-5 frame, who better than him to teach these two to take over the league?