The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to be their head coach this summer after Rick Carlisle resigned. They were a model of stability until this offseason. Donnie Nelson had been with the team since 1998. Owner Mark Cuban bought the Mavs in 2000, and the duo hired Carlisle as head coach in 2008. The three were at the top of Mavericks' power structure before the abrupt departures of Nelson and Carlisle this summer.
Dallas went from a championship coach to one with a mixed track record of success. Kidd is a Hall of Fame point guard, but his 183-190 record over four-plus seasons as a head coach in two different stops is not stellar. His teams did make the playoffs in three of four full years. Kidd also coached the Nets to the second round of the playoffs in 2014. That is something Carlisle had not done in Dallas since the Mavericks won the championship in 2011 with Kidd as their point guard.
Jason Kidd has had plenty of success as a coach and has taken a mountain of criticism. One thing that has followed him is his favoritism of star players. Let us take a closer look at why before diving into what that means for Luka Doncic and the Mavs.
Will Jason Kidd leave all the Dallas Mavericks but Luka Doncic in the dark?
Arguably Kidd’s biggest success in his coaching career is helping Giannis Antetokounmpo go from role player to superstar. He became the Greek Freak during the Hall of Fame point guard’s tenure leading the Bucks.
In Mirin Fader’s new book, Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP, there is plenty of discussion on the relationship between the two. Fans can read an excerpt from the book here. Kidd spent a lot of time working with Antetokounmpo, but was less patient with other players.
Will that continue in his new gig with the Dallas Mavericks? Here is a look at why that narrative is likely wrong and what it will mean moving forward.