‘The Guy I Want’: Damian Lillard Lobbying For Lakers’ Jason Kidd as Blazers’ Next Head Coach

Published 06/05/2021, 1:38 AM EDT
Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


The Portland Trail Blazers have become a must in the postseason. With players like CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, the Blazers do have some of the biggest names in the conference.

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But that certainly hasn’t translated to post-season success for the Trail Blazers. Crashing out of the first round of the playoffs for the fourth time in last five years, Lillard and Co. have already expressed that their is a dire need of some change in the team.

Damian Lillard prefers Jason Kidd as Blazers’ new head coach

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Given how wide open the West was, the Blazers on paper had the chance to make a deep playoff run. But Portland disappointed yet again as the Nuggets side who were missing three key players from their rotation beat the Blazers in six games.

While head coach Terry Stotts did have his moments with the team, the lack of post-season success certainly hurt his case. He has now parted ways with the team.

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Given that their talisman, Damian Lillard had made his disappointment clear, the Blazers will be determined to keep their main man happy. According to multiple reports, Lillard has been lobbying for Lakers’ assistant coach Jason Kidd as the new head coach.

In the last two years, Kidd has been an integral part of Frank Vogel’s coaching staff. Given that he already has NBA coaching experience, he is certainly one of the favorites for the job. The former Nets’ legend has had his fair share of experience in the NBA as a head coach.

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Previously coaching teams like the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, the 48-year-old is certainly an interesting choice. But the Blazers aren’t the only team in pursuit of the former Nets’ coach with teams like the Celtics also interested.

Despite the increasing competition, Portland will be keen on bringing in J-Kidd as the new head coach. This is certainly just the start of a long off-season for the Blazers. Landing a legend like Kidd will be the perfect start to revamp the squad. Will the Blazers land Kidd for the head coaching role?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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