Jason Kidd said return to Dallas was ‘ironic’
Jason Kidd is heading to the Hall of Fame and the former Dallas Maverick is reflecting on his career. His career started with the Mavericks, but he later returned to win the franchise’s first and only championship.
Kidd spoke with Brad Townsend of Dallas Morning News to discuss his time with the Mavericks. Kidd said:
“I think it’s kind of ironic. My career started in Dallas and I think it finished in Dallas, even though I played one more year in New York.
“Dallas was a big part of my career, learning that you can’t win right away with a young team, egos and having the opportunity to play for, I believe, a Hall of Fame coach in Dick Motta. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation, but we were just too young. Business kind of got in the way of things.”
Kidd’s first team and his first coach in the NBA, Dick Motta, clearly shaped his outlook and helped make him into the Hall of Flame player that he would eventually become. It’s fitting that he returned to Dallas to help bring home a championship. At that point, Kidd’s career was winding down, but his experience and leadership were invaluable to the Mavs playoff run.
Kidd will go to the Hall of Fame as one of the most accomplished point guards in history. He sits comfortably in second in all-time leaders in assists, only behind the legendary John Stockton.
Kidd’s career speaks for itself and both of his stints in Dallas are important parts of his legacy.