The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the worst teams in the NBA since the All-Star break. They have lost three straight and nine of their last 12 games at a point in the season where every game matters. Dallas has fallen into the Play-In Tournament, and they are just one game from missing the postseason entirely.
Many factors are at play, including injuries to stars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Doncic will miss his third straight game on March 15, and Kyrie has missed the last two and three since joining the Mavs on Feb. 6. Some of the blame lies with Jason Kidd and his coaching staff, and the front office should not be absolved in the team’s struggles.
Coach Kidd has refused to take the blame, and Mavs Twitter grows louder by the day with their chants to relieve the Hall of Famer of his duties. Should J-Kidd take the blame for the team’s struggles? Here is a look at why he should in five areas and a few that he should not.
Jason Kidd should take the blame for the Dallas Mavericks rotation issues
Coach Kidd had this to say after his team blew a 27-point lead and lost to the Lakers on Feb. 26.
"I’m not the savior here. I’m not playing. I’m watching, just like you guys. As a team, we’ve got to mature. We got a lot of new bodies coming back, and we’ve got to grow up if we want to win a championship."
Kidd is no longer out there on the court, but he is not just watching the game. He is the one deciding the rotations, calling plays, and leading the team. If he is just watching, why show up at all? J-Kidd was an all-time great point guard, and he has an exceptional basketball mind. The Mavs need him to use that to help them win.
The Hall of Famer is not always playing the best players. Christian Wood has his defensive issues, but he is a special offensive talent. He should not be playing 15 minutes per game. Josh Green is one of the team’s most important players in the present and future. Coach Kidd should not be playing someone the team signed on the buyout market last month over him. The blame for those decisions and others are on Kidd.
Jason Kidd also needs to take the blame for the team’s struggles late in games.