The Dallas Mavericks are about to undergo significant changes in their decision-making. Owner Mark Cuban will retain the final say, but president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle are gone. The Mavs will have new voices for the first time in over a decade.
They are focused on hiring Nico Harrison as their president of basketball operations and filling their head coaching vacancy with Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd. Both men are on the verge of joining the franchise with Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki set to have important voices in the team’s front office.
Kidd played eight seasons in Dallas, including being the starting point guard on their 2011 championship team. He has a strong relationship with the franchise’s GOAT, but Kidd’s first two stints as a head coach did not go as planned.
How will could be different for Jason Kidd with the Dallas Mavericks?
Kidd retired after 19 seasons as a player in 2013 and immediately became the Brooklyn Nets head coach. They finished 44-38 and made it to the second round of the playoffs with J-Kidd at the helm. He was traded to Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason after wanting full control over the Nets’ personnel decisions.
Kidd spent four seasons as head coach of the Bucks. They made the playoffs twice, but the Hall of Fame point guard was fired after 45 games in the fourth year. His time in Milwaukee was considered an underachievement. SB Nation did a fantastic profile on why Kidd was fired by the Bucks in 2018.
He spent the last two years as an assistant for the Lakers, including winning the championship in 2020. Here is a look at five reasons it could be different for Jason Kidd as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.
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