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Jason Kidd, former Nets star, interviews with Pistons for head coaching job

September 29, 2018

DETROIT — A source has confirmed to the Free Press that former NBA player and coach Jason Kidd is the latest to interview for the vacant Detroit Pistons head coaching position.

Kidd, who played in the NBA from 1994-2013, was fired as the Milwaukee Bucks head coach in January. He coached the Bucks for three and a half seasons, compiling a 143-160 record and two trips to the playoffs, both ending in the first round.

He spent the 2013-14 season as the head coach in Brooklyn, taking the Nets to the second round of the playoffs, before he was traded to the Bucks for two second-round picks.

As a player, Kidd was a 10-time All-Star while playing with Dallas, Phoenix and the New Jersey Nets. He played his final season as a member of the New York Knicks. He was the Rookie of the Year in 1995.

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass / AP)

Kidd is the latest in a slew of names that have interviewed for the Pistons’ head coaching job.

The Free Press confirmed Michigan coach John Beilein interviewed on Thursday.

Former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey interviewed with the Pistons on Thursday, and was “impressive,” a source told the Free Press on Friday.

Casey came into the interview with lukewarm expectations based on questions of game management. But he blew the search team away and was very prepared with detailed notes and video clips.

NBA television analyst Kenny Smith reportedly interviewed with the Pistons on Friday.

The Pistons search team of senior adviser Ed Stefanski, Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem and ownership representative Bob Wentworth is working to whittle the list of names to a group of finalists to present to owner Tom Gores.

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