Jason Kidd’s major role in Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP transformation with Bucks, per Rod Thorn
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the NBA today and in the history of the game, but it wouldn’t have been possible without Jason Kidd.
That is according to Basketball Hall of Famer Rod Thorn, who said Kidd deserves a ton of credit for helping Giannis become the player he is right now. The current Dallas Mavericks head coach took over the Bucks in 2014, during which he immediately helped the Greek Freak make a huge leap going in to his sophomore season.
“[Jason Kidd] should get a lot of credit for Giannis. Jason made Giannis toe the line, if you will, when Giannis was a rookie. They made him accountable, and Giannis obviously turned out to be unbelievably good. But Jason did a great job with him there,” Thorn shared on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
True enough, there is no doubt Jason Kidd had a massive impact on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rise. As Rod Thorn suggested, it was under Kidd where the superstar forward really took off. While some would argue against it, Giannis’ numbers and accolades speak for itself.
"Jason made Giannis toe the line, if you will, when Giannis was a rookie"@Hoophall member Rod Thorn tells @TheFrankIsola & @Jumpshot8 why Jason Kidd deserves a lot of credit for the player Giannis Antetokounmpo has become #FearTheDeer | @Giannis_An34 pic.twitter.com/Xt25YPlxEL
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For what it’s worth, Kidd himself previously expressed his belief that he was a big part of Giannis’ development, even though some don’t give him that credit.
“Yeah, it’s just to be honest with those guys, teach them a little defense and help them be successful. I don’t have to be hard. We don’t have to win every possession. But we want to compete. And just understand that my job is to help you. What are your goals? I did that in Milwaukee. I helped build one of the best players in the world (in Antetokounmpo), which some people give me credit (for) and some don’t — some don’t want to, whatever the fact,” Kidd shared.
Kidd and Giannis still have a good relationship, and that speaks a lot on the friendship they developed during their time together with the Bucks. Even though there have been some controversies about Kidd’s coaching on Milwaukee, the fact of the matter is he was there when Giannis needed guidance.