The Dallas Mavericks will be without head coach Jason Kidd for the foreseeable future as he enters the health and safety protocols. The Hall of Fame point guard confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 6 after traveling with his team to Houston.
The Mavericks face the Rockets on Friday night, and coach Kidd will miss that contest. He is the fourth Mavs coach to enter the protocols since Dec. 18, and assistant Sean Sweeney will take over as the acting head coach in Kidd’s absence. The team has been hit hard by COVID in recent weeks with 11 players testing positive, including superstar Luka Doncic, who missed five games in the protocols.
Here is a look at the latest on coach Kidd, and when he might be back on the bench for the Mavericks.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd tests positive for COVID-19
Kidd told Brad Townsend that he is experiencing some symptoms from his case. Fans can see Townsend’s reporting below.
The head coach will miss Friday’s game in Houston, and he will need to produce two negative tests 24-hours apart or quarantine for six days before returning. The Mavericks players that have entered the health and safety protocols have missed an average of ten days. Kidd will not have to recondition, but he will be out for the team’s next three games at a minimum.
He could return on Jan. 14 in Memphis as the Mavs take on the Grizzlies. That is the first night of a back-to-back set before they return to Dallas to host the Orlando Magic. That appears to be the window for coach Kidd, but he could be out until they host the Thunder on Dec. 17.
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