The Lakers are interviewing head coaching candidates.
Los Angeles met with Jason Kidd on Monday according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources. He apparently met with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and team executive Kurt Rambis at a practice facility in El Segundo, Calif.
“If you ever have the opportunity to wear the purple and gold, you can’t turn that down, as a coach, as a player, because they’re all about championships,” Kidd told ESPN’s The Jump after he was first rumored to be in the running. “They have a process.”
Kidd went on to ooze over Lakers superstar LeBron James, who he considers to be the best player in the world.
“When you talk about the best player in the world (in James), you always are going to say yes because as a coach or as a teammate, he’s always going to make you better because you’re going to work,” Kidd said. “As a coach, X and Os, you’ve got to be on point.
“As a teammate, you’re going to work extremely hard because you know he’s going to need you to make that shot or come up with a defensive play. So, that would be a great honor to coach any elite basketball player.”
Kidd is reportedly the third candidate to get an interview for the position. He was a 10-time All-Star as a player and previously spent time as head coach of the Nets and Bucks. He made two playoff appearances with Milwaukee.
But 76ers assistant Monty Williams and former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue came in before him. Williams and Lue have secured follow-up meetings while former Heat forward Juwan Howard is expected to have his first talk with Lakers brass soon.
Los Angeles parted ways with former head coach Luke Walton in mid-April, and it will likely explore mutiple options before naming a leader for the 2019-20 season.