Jason Kidd to coach the Dallas Mavericks
Interesting moves in the NBA as we get closer to the NBA Finals, which will start very soon, and for which we have four candidates still, Phoenix Suns vs. LA Clippers in the West, and Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks in the East.
Everyone else is in the offseason already, and this is where things start to get interesting, when teams start moving their pieces and completing their puzzles to try to get better for next season. In this case, it’s the Dallas Mavericks who are stirring things in the NBA, as it was announced on Friday that the team reached an agreement with Jason Kidd to be head coach and replace Rick Carlisle, who decided to leave the team just a few days ago.
Jason Kidd is an NBA legend, Hall of Fame point guard as a player, however, he hasn’t had that much luck as a coach so far in his short career. He coached the Brooklyn Nets back in the 2013-2014 season, and then the Milwaukee Bucks from 2014 to 2018, and his record is 183-190. After that Kidd landed an Assistant Coach job with the LA Lakers, where he has been for the past two seasons, being an important part of the whole LeBron and Anthony Davis era so far, and one of the minds of the Lakers last championship run in the 2020 Orlando bubble.
LeBron James was actually one of the first people to refer publicly to Kidd’s new head coach job, and he did it on Twitter, where he said: “Damn I hate to lose JKidd man but damn I’m happy for him at the same time! Good luck Kidd!”.
Jason Kidd’s history in Dallas
Jason Kidd was originally drafted by the Mavericks back in 1994, but his first steps with the team were not that successful, and he was later on traded to the Phoenix Suns, in 1996. With Phoenix he made his jump to true stardom in the NBA, and won 3 assist titles, before being traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he stayed for 7 seasons, and won 2 more of those assist titles in the league. He was also an All-Star in most of those seasons.
Kidd went back to Dallas in February of 2008 and stayed there for 5 more seasons, and that’s where he finally became an NBA champion, along with Dirk Nowitzki, after beating LeBron James and his Miami Heat, on James’ first season with the team. After that, Kidd played one final season with the Knicks, before deciding to retire and become a coach, right next season.
In the end, Jason Kidd played a total of 1391 games, and started in 1350 of them, averaging 36.0 minutes per game, 8.7 assists per game, 1.9 steals per game, and with a 40% FG average. He played a total of 21 seasons, 8 with Dallas, 7 with the Nets, 5 in Phoenix and 1 in New York. Since then he coached 1 season in Brooklyn, 4 in Milwaukee, and had 2 seasons as assistant coach in Los Angeles, that’s a total of 28 seasons of Jason Kidd in the NBA already, his first coaching the Mavericks will be his 29th. A true NBA legend is taking his next step, his next big adventure, and we all hope he does a great job.
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