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He cheated in the NBA, but became one of the best coaches in the league. Who is leading Dallas to a miracle?

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 05:04:25

It’s not always the case that great players are at least good coaches in the NBA. Jason Kidd is clearly one who excels at both. In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks guard, along with Dirk Nowitzki and others, led the Texas club to its first championship, and in 2024, he led the “wanders” to the NBA finals. Let’s relive the memory of Kidd’s coaching career.

Brooklyn Networks (2013-2014)

Deron Williams (left) and Jason Kidd (right), 2013

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He began his journey as coach Kidd in Brooklyn. On June 12, 2013 he was appointed to the position. Jason was unable to lead the team through the first two games of the season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DUI. The specialist finally made his debut as a head coach on November 3, but on November 28 the NBA fined Kidd $50,000 for ordering his player to crash into him and deliberately spill a glass of soda on the floor to earn more. time. the end of the home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kidd’s coaching career began with some very interesting moments. The New York team did not start the season in the best way: nine wins and 19 losses, but then the situation began to improve. The club, led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson, finished the season with a record of 44-38. Twice that season, Kidd received Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors. Brooklyn made it to the playoffs, where they beat Toronto in the first round in seven games. Jason is the first rookie coach in history to win the deciding Game 7 on the road. In the next round, the “Networks” lost to Miami with a score of 1-4.

Milwaukee Bucks (2014-2018), Los Angeles Lakers (2019-2021)

Jason Kidd as Milwaukee coach, 2015

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The Stags of the mid-2010s were far from the best team. Milwaukee signed Kidd in exchange for two second-round picks in 2015 and 2019. The Bucks, under their new coach, were one of the big surprises of the season, finishing 41-41 and entering the playoffs in sixth place in the East . Jason at the time was the first coach in NBA history to take two teams to the playoffs in his first two years in the league. Additionally, Kidd finished third in Coach of the Year voting.

During Kidd’s tenure in Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo became stronger and stronger each year. True, the “deer” under the leadership of Jason did not achieve success in the playoffs. On January 22, 2018, midway through the 2017-2018 season, the Bucks fired Kidd after the team went 23-22. Until the end of the year, no one needed Jason, not even as an assistant, when suddenly luck struck and in 2019 he became an assistant to Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.

On Vogel’s staff, Kidd became an NBA champion with the Lakers, and in total worked as an assistant from 2019 to 2021. On June 28, 2021, Jason was lucky again, as Dallas rejected the services of Rick Carlisle and was looking for a replacement.

Dallas Mavericks (2021-present)

Jason Kidd, NBA Playoffs – 2024

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The already established coach came to the team with which he achieved the only championship in Dallas history. Kidd immediately began improving the “bums.” Carlisle’s team was one of the worst defenses in the league and, under Jason’s leadership, became almost the best defense in the NBA. In turn, Dallas finished the season with a record of 52 wins and 30 losses, finishing in fourth place in the West.

The team, coached by Luka Doncic, reached the Western Conference finals in Kidd’s first season on the team, losing only to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in five games. The 2022/2023 season was ruined in all aspects. The Texas Club, frankly, started the regular season poorly and then during the season Kyrie Irving moved to the team. Doncic and Uncle Drew couldn’t play well at first and injuries played a role. Overall, the “bums” didn’t even make the playoffs, finishing 11th in the West.

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There was a lot of talk that Luka and Kyrie wouldn’t be able to share the ball with each other, that Dallas and Kidd wouldn’t accomplish anything. But the smart pick in the 2023 draft is Derick Lively and a great job by the Mavs front office before the trade deadline. As a result, the “bums” got Daniel Gafford and PJ Washington for a sack of potatoes. The team finished the regular season of the 2023/2024 season in fifth place and passed first by the Los Angeles Clippers (4-2), then by the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-2), and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves with a score of 4. -1.

Dallas reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 2011. That same year, when Kidd was already a veteran, but still, together with Dirk, they beat Miami with the trio of superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. After 13 years, Jason will compete for the championship again, albeit as a coach. You can say all you want that Kidd is a “physical trainer,” but his “bums” in these playoffs showed that they are willing to kill themselves on the court from the first to the last minute. In addition, the specialist created an atmosphere in the team that many can only envy.

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