The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to be their head coach this summer. It marks his third stint with the organization after being drafted by the Mavs in 1994 and coming back and winning a championship in Dallas. Kidd will be looking to lead the franchise back into title contention with superstar Luka Doncic running the point.
The 48-year-old has had a massive few months as he not only became head coach of the Mavericks but also earned his college degree from the University of Phoenix. Kidd played two seasons of college basketball at the University of California before leaving for the 1994 NBA Draft, but he went back and got his degree in English online last month.
Kidd talked about why he went back to school and its importance in his post-practice presser on Oct. 2. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd earns college degree
Kidd talked about working hard on his degree during his time as an assistant coach with the Lakers. He was excited about finishing school and accomplishing a goal. The Hall of Fame point guard had this to say about his diploma.
"It’s in my office. I have my diploma. It’s framed, and it is something that will be up there with the gold medals and the championship is to be able to get my degree."
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Kidd won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA and has two NBA championship rings, one as a player with the Mavericks and one as a coach. The 48-year-old accomplished another lifelong goal in earning his college. Congratulations go out coach Kidd on the feat.
Kidd had this to say about why he went back and got his degree.
"When you talk to our younger generation and you talk about how important education is, there will start to be questions of did you graduate? I had to shake that question a couple of times, so now, I don’t have to avoid that question."
He went on to discuss how Larry Fitzgerald inspired him to go to the University of Phoenix to finish up his schooling. Mavericks fans can listen to coach Kidd’s entire presser from Oct. 2 below.
Jason Kidd is now focused on leading the Dallas Mavericks back into championship contention. They are accomplishing a lot during training camp, and fans will get to see the changes on display as preseason action kicks off this week. Do not miss a second of the action, and please check back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Mavs.