The elephant is out the bag and Jason Kidd is back with the organization that drafted him. With the departure of former Dallas Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle, Mark Cuban wasted no time in signing the next man in line.
Jason Kidd has been introduced as the next head coach of the Mavericks, while Nico Harrison was inducted as the team’s new general manager. There is a new era in Dallas, as the team has had a change in scenery.
With Kidd and Harrison in play, the question remains: Did the Dallas Mavericks make the right call for the team?
As a head coach, Jason Kidd has 183 wins overall. This is not bad for coach who has five years of professional experience as the head of a team. However in terms of loses, he has 190 defeats.
Kidd’s best season came in the 2013-2014 season when he first coached the Brooklyn Nets. That NBA year, he had Deron Williams tagged with former All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. He led the team to the conference semifinals where they lost to the Miami Heat in five games.
Soon after, he transferred to the Milwaukee Bucks where he made the playoffs in two of his three and a half seasons.
In both playoff appearances, he lost in the first round. Two-time All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo was big a big fan of his former coach and even pleaded for the team to consider keeping him.
While his record may not show, Kidd had a huge influence in creating the Bucks as the team we all know today. You see before Kidd got to Milwaukee, the team had won a mere 15 games that year. Soon after his the squad was able to improve to a 41 win season.
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Because of his success with the Bucks, Kidd finished in the top three of coach of the year that season. Due to his mediocre playoff success, Kidd was eventually fired from the team during the 2017-2018 season.
One can argue his resume might not be the best, but his ability to grow as a coach is real, and he has not reached his full potential. If you ask me, I think Kidd will do a great job with Luka Doncic. I believe Kidd is the right coach to get the Mavs All-Star going in the right direction.
Also, do not get me started about current general manager Nico Harrison. The former Nike representative has all the connections a team could only dream of.
His ability to create relationships with NBA players such as Jared Dunley and Damian Lillard is something teams would only dream of.
Count your blessings Mavs fans because I believe big things are in store for the team, as this is only the beginning for Mark Cuban and company.
- Published on 07/02/2021 at 12:13 PM
- Last updated at 07/02/2021 at 12:13 PM