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Mavericks coach rumors: Jason Kidd a ‘prime candidate,’ will get endorsement from unlikely supply

Might Rick Carlisle be taking part in children’ — or Kidd’s — video games?

The Mavericks are out there for a brand new head coach, and whereas the choices on the present hoops panorama aren’t solely intriguing, ESPN’s Marc Stein experiences that present Lakers assistant Jason Kidd is a “prime candidate” for the job.

To make issues extra attention-grabbing, talking with ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, former-Mavs-now-Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle supplied a public endorsement of Kidd for the top teaching job on Tuesday:

My hope is that Jason Kidd would be the subsequent coach of the Mavs as a result of he and Luka have so many issues in frequent as gamers. I simply suppose that it might be a terrific state of affairs for Luka, and I believe it might be an incredible state of affairs for Jason. I am the one particular person on the planet that is coached each of these guys and that is aware of about all of their particular qualities as basketball gamers. To me, that simply can be a terrific marriage, however that is an opinion.  

Kidd had a couple of head-coaching stops within the league: He spent a single yr in Brooklyn teaching the Nets, adopted by 3 1/2 seasons in Milwaukee earlier than being fired mid-season in 2018.

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Stein reported that Kidd has many supporters in Dallas, primarily for what he gave the group as a participant through the staff’s championship-winning season in 2010-11.

Kidd at present is an assistant coach with the Lakers, ending his second yr with the group. He was a part of LA’s championship-winning staff in 2020.

After all, Kidd’s polarizing fame and sub-par outcomes as a head coach (183-190 general) implies that Mavericks followers on the lookout for greener pastures after the departure of Carlisle should be left wanting.


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