The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to be the team’s head coach after Rick Carlisle resigned. The Hall of Fame point guard will look to help Luka Doncic and the Mavs take the next step. They have not won a playoff series since Kidd was the point guard on their title team in 2011. Now, it is Kidd’s job to change that.
The Mavericks have a superstar in Doncic. They must improve their supporting cast to take the next step. Adding a few veterans this summer could be key for Dallas, but can they make it happen?
Coach Kidd was on 105.3 The Fan’s G-Bag Nation on July 26 where he talked about Luka, the Mavs, and so much more. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd on Luka Doncic
The hosts kicked the interview off by discussing Luka’s 48-point Olympic debut in a win over Argentina. Kidd gave the following reaction to the contest.
"“That was a special game last night. What a great way to start your Olympic career with 48 points against a very good Argentina team.”"
It was an incredible performance from the 22-year-old that had the entire world buzzing the next morning.
Head coach Jason Kidd on the Dallas Mavericks offense next season
Kidd was asked about the Mavericks offense and if he planned to implement more cutting and off-ball movement like Slovenia does with Doncic. See his answer below.
"“Well, I think both. When you look at the style, the Dallas Mavs have set records offensively with Luka, but when you are watching him play for his country, he is off the ball. You can see that the trust is extremely high with his teammates. You can see that his teammates are playing at a very high level for him. So, they do move. He is moving without the ball, but he is shooting the ball at a very high clip. He’s playing a high clip. I think his teammates are playing off him with that which is exciting to see.”"
The Mavs need to get more off-ball movement and cutting. Expect Kidd to add it in next season.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd on personnel decisions
The new head coach was also asked about what his involvement will be in personnel decisions. See his response below.
"“I’ve tried to tell Mark (Cuban) and Nico (Harrison) that I just want to coach, and they told me that I have to be involved in the process. Sometimes, we want the keys to everything. I’ve learned my lesson from that. I really want to focus on coaching and becoming the best coach that I can, but if the process is where they ask me a question about a player, then I’ll give that input. Again, I am just happy to have that chance to be part of that process, but more or less focused on coaching.”"
Coach Rick Carlisle had a significant say in the moves. Expect Kidd to get some of that responsibility, but the Mavericks will keep it collaborative.
The Hall of Fame point guard also commented on the Argentina claims of Luka being the best player in the world, the Hall of Famer’s Olympic experience, his coaching style, and so much more. It is a must-listen interview for all Dallas Mavericks fans.
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