Luka Doncic’s championship hopes get a boost with Jason Kidd hiring
It’s official. Former point guard Jason Kidd is heading back to the city of Dallas to be the new head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. With his arrival, Kidd has now gone full circle from being drafted as the second overall pick back in 1994 to winning a championship with the squad in 2011 and now, being assigned to call the shots as the team’s new head mentor to help the franchise’s current cornerstone in Luka Doncic.
The big news of the Mavs hiring the 48-year-old Hall of Famer was confirmed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday. As part of the major front-office overhaul by owner Mark Cuban, the franchise is also hiring Nike executive Nico Harrison to lead the team’s basketball operations.
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Apart from Kidd and Harrison, Kidd’s former teammate and another Dallas icon in Dirk Nowitzki was also hired by Cuban last week as the team’s special advisor.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Mavs fans after Dallas was booted out of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Everything seemed to crumble after the team parted ways with long-time GM Donnie Nelson as well as their legendary head coach in Rick Carlisle. With all the drama that has clouded the franchise this month, these new acquisitions should definitely feel like a rainbow after a heavy downpour.
Though Kidd’s coaching career hasn’t been as fruitful as his storied career as one of the best point guards to ever play in the league, he is still bringing a ton of experience with him. Aside from being a head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets, Kidd was also part of the Los Angeles Lakers squad that won the 2020 NBA Title as an assistant coach.
More importantly, Kidd’s experience as a 10-time All-Star point guard should only benefit the development of Doncic. After all these front-office moves, look for the Mavs to continue to be aggressive in the off-season to build around the two-time All-Star and hopefully improve their chances in the upcoming 2021-2022 NBA season.