Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic opened up on the hiring of Jason Kidd in a Spanish interview with Marca. Doncic is certainly excited to learn from the former Mavs point guard.

Via The Smoking Cuban:

“I think he’s an excellent coach who also knows a lot about how to play basketball and how to lead a team. It is an excellent opportunity for me to grow and I think it will help me a lot.”

Dallas hiring Kidd was rather controversial given his previous head coaching stints and history of domestic abuse. The Mavs have stood behind him and are banking on him learning from his past mistakes.

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Kidd played for the franchise to start his NBA career before getting traded to the Phoenix Suns. He later returned to Dallas and played a key role in helping them win the title in 2011.

The 48-year-old began his head coaching career with the Brooklyn Nets in 2013 but stayed there for only one season, getting traded to the Milwaukee Bucks after a failed power play. Kidd coached the Bucks until 2018 during Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rise to prominence, but the team didn’t truly take off until Kidd left and Mike Budenholzer took over.

Kidd joined the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant in 2019 and won a title with them in the 2019-2020 season.

Given Kidd’s history as a point guard, Doncic hopes to glean wisdom from his new coach in an effort to get to the next level. He’s looking forward to getting to work.