Knicks Rumors: Could LeBron James keep Jason Kidd away from New York?

LeBron James with Knicks coaching candidate Jason Kidd (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
LeBron James with Knicks coaching candidate Jason Kidd (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) /

LeBron James might work in New York Knicks fans favor.

We have reached the point in the New York Knicks coaching search where everyday seems to bring a new rumor. The latest has LeBron James reportedly hoping Jason Kidd doesn’t land a top job with the Knicks.

After months of speculation that Tom Thibodeau was the clear frontrunner to become head coach under president and friend Leon Rose, a report surfaced on Friday that Jason Kidd has emerged as a strong candidate after contract negotiations between the Knicks and Thibodeau have stalled.

Of course, this report comes less than 24 hours after multiple reports indicated the Knicks weren’t engaged in contract talks with any of the 11 candidates that have been interviewed over the past several weeks.

All we know is the team still doesn’t have a head coach, they might have one by the end of next week, and all of Thibs, former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, and Kidd appear to be the leading options.

Jason Kidd is making his case for the Knicks coaching job.

The New York Post reported that Kidd “wowed” the Knicks front office during his second interview. Newsday originally linked the Hall-of-Fame point guard to the bench role as a possible connection to superstar and 2021 free agent Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Knicks fans collectively groan at hearing all of this. A poll on Twitter has 70% of the fanbase calling a potential hire of Kidd “a disaster.”

But as the Knicks consider the possibility of hiring the Lakers assistant, Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson reports LeBron James wants him to stay in Los Angeles.

Of course, the idea that LeBron would keep Kidd from taking a promotion as a head coach in the league’s top market seems a bit of a stretch. Whether he would benefit from Kidd remaining in Los Angeles is besides the point. No player in the league understands the dynamics of dictating where he wants to work more than LBJ. It wouldn’t make sense for him to try to hold Kidd back.

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