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Jason Kidd says he was ‘the old mule’ in Mavs title season

Former NBA player and head coach Jason Kidd will be inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this September, a deserving honor for the legendary point guard. In the twilight of his career, Kidd won his first and only championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.

In an article by Sports Day’s Brad Townsend, Kidd joked about how he fondly remembers that championship year. Already 38 years old at that time, Kidd referred to his role as the ‘old mule’ for the Mavs championship team.

“I was the old mule,” he says. “I was on my way to pasture. I was almost glue. The glue hadn’t hardened.”

But Kidd was more than just a veteran presence for the Mavericks that year. He was the team’s starting point guard and was even tasked with guarding LeBron James at times during their series against the heavy favorite Miami Heat. The 6-foot-4 do-it-all point guard posted averages of 7.9 points, 8.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game that season, using his all-around brilliance to help Dirk Nowitzki and the franchise win their first ever championship.

Right after hanging up the sneakers in 2013, Kidd made his debut as a head coach for the Brooklyn Nets that same year. He led the Nets to a 44-38 record that year. The team would win its first-round series against the Toronto Raptors but were eliminated by the Heat’s Big 3 in the second round.

The Nets and Kidd parted ways after just one season with the team and the Hall of Famer was appointed as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014, where he spent three seasons coaching the young team before he was fired midway through the 2017-18 season.

A walking triple-double machine in his playing years, Kidd amassed a 183-190 win-loss career record as a head coach in the NBA.