Dallas Mavericks: A casual fan's guide to the 2021-22 season

By Nolan Fowler
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Dallas Mavericks, Jason Kidd
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Can Jason Kidd change his coaching ways with Dallas Mavericks?

The hiring of Jason Kidd as head coach of the Mavs came with criticism both from a strategic and moral standpoint. Kidd had a long track record of off-the-court issues, including legal trouble and behind-the-scenes friction.

Kidd’s previous head coaching experience included a disastrous one-season stint for the Brooklyn Nets and a roughly three-and-a-half-year run with the Milwaukee Bucks, amassing a regular-season record of 183-190 and a playoff record of 9-15.

Strategically, Kidd employed a blitzing style of defense with the Bucks that helped lead to his demise. At the time Kidd was fired as Bucks coach in the 2018 season, the Bucks were 26th in the league in points allowed per 100 possessions at 111.3.

Kidd’s hard-nosed coaching style was highlighted in the book, “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP.” Some of the revelations in the book included a three-hour practice on Christmas Eve that rankled Bucks’ players and his treatment of former Bucks center Larry Sanders.

This will be Jason Kidd’s third and potentially last chance as an NBA head coach. The Mavericks must hope that he’s learned from some of his past mistakes or it could be a disastrous run in Dallas.