Mavs’ Kidd: ‘We gotta get better in that third quarter, and we will’

The Atlanta Hawks came into the 2021-22 season trying to prove that last season’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals wasn’t a fluke, while the Mavericks, with a new coach in Jason Kidd, are hoping to make a deep playoff run of their own. 

After one game, Atlanta looks deeper than they did last season and a team that will definitely be a factor in Eastern Conference. The Hawks had six players in double figures led by Cam Reddish’s 20 points off the bench, Trae Young had 19 points and 14 assists, and John Collins 16 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks routed the Mavericks 113-87 at State Farm Arena on Wednesday night.

The Hawks were big-time on the defensive end; they held the Mavericks to 33% shooting from the field and forced 15 turnovers. Atlanta blew the game open in the third quarter with 22-8 run. The Hawks led by as many as 22 points in the third and had their largest lead of 30 in the fourth. 

Young got off in the third. He scored 12 points and nine assists in the quarter, and Kidd, who knows a lot about excellent point guard play, talked about Young’s passing and Dallas’ struggles in the third.

“He’s improved, and I said that before,” Kidd said about Young. “He’s gotten better each year on the one side of passing the ball and not turning it over… “In the first half, we couldn’t ask for a better defensive performance. We just couldn’t make any shots. You’re talking about an All-Star in Young.. We gotta get better in that third quarter, and we will.”

Doncic, who led the Mavericks with 18 points on 6/17 shooting from the field, added on the third quarter: “They were making shots, and we weren’t making shots. They played great defense, and we weren’t at their level on defense, so that’s it.”

The Mavericks may struggle initially as the team learns to adjust to Kidd’s new offense and style, and it’s only one of 82, so there’s not much to worry about at this point. Plus, Atlanta appears to be a very good team.

Dallas gets back at it on Saturday in Toronto against the Raptors. 

 

 

Mavs’ Doncic on Kidd: ‘It’s terrific for me to learn from a guy that was a champion here as a player’

Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd has come back to the place where it all started for him professionally. Kidd, who was drafted by the Mavericks and ultimately won a championship with the team in 2011, was hired by Dallas after former head coach Rick Carlisle resigned back in June.

One guy who is excited to play for Kidd is Mavericks star Luka Doncic. The two-time All-Star thinks he can learn a lot from Kidd, who is a Hall of Famer and one of the best passers in NBA history.

“It’s terrific for me to learn from a guy that was a champion here as a player, playing the same position as me,” Doncic said at Mavericks’ Media Day on Monday. “He was one of the best passers in the NBA, and I’m really excited.”

Kidd is excited to coach Doncic as well, and he compared him to the great artist Picasso. However, Doncic, who averaged 27.7 points and 8.6 assists per contest, was ball dominant at times last season and must do a better job of getting others involved, which Kidd wants to help him do.

“I don’t know if anybody told Picasso that he has to use all the paints, but I just want to remind him that he can rely on his teammates,” Kidd said. “His teammates are going to be there to help him. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to work with a young Picasso whose paintings have been incredible up to this point and are only going to get better.”

Kidd was also an amazing leader and led the Nets to back-to-back Finals appearances, and Doncic, who signed a five-year, $207 million contract in the offseason, is hoping to improve in the area of leadership.

“Obviously, I learned from the playoffs and from the Olympics on how to be a leader,’ he said. “One thing I learned is I have to be more a vocal leader for the team.”

The Mavericks are hoping that the Kidd-Doncic pairing will pay dividends this season and beyond. Doncic has a world of ability, and at 22, it will only get better, and with Kidd’s help, hopefully for Dallas, that means the Mavericks can win a championship soon.

Mavs’ Kidd finalizes coaching staff

The Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd finalized his coaching staff on Tuesday.

Here are the members of Kidd’s coaching staff:

-Igor Kokoskov, the head coach of the Serbian National Team, coached in the EuroLeague last season. Kokoskov spent over two decades in the NBA, mainly as an assistant. He was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns in the 2018-19 season.

-Sean Sweeney previously worked with Kidd in Milwaukee and Brooklyn. He most recently spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Pistons and the prior four as an assistant with Milwaukee. 

-Jared Dudley transitions to an assistant coaching role following a 14-season NBA career. Dudley spent the last two seasons of his playing career with the L.A. Lakers, winning the 2020 NBA title.

-Greg St. Jean comes to Dallas after spending two seasons as a player development coach and advance scout with the L.A. Lakers, helping the organization to the 2020 NBA championship alongside Kidd. His father, Garry St. Jean, was head coach of the Kings and the general manager of the Golden State Warriors. 

-Kristi Toliver began her NBA coaching career with the Washington Wizards, where she spent two seasons (2018-20) while concurrently playing for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. 

Kidd retained three members from Rick Carlisle’s staff: 

Darrell Armstrong, God Shammgod, and Peter Patton complete Kidd’s coaching staff. Armstrong will begin his 13th season with the Mavericks, while Shammgod and Patton begin their sixth and fourth seasons, respectively, with the organization.

 

Mavs’ Doncic on extension: ‘I always wanted to sign this’

After three seasons, Luka Doncic has established himself as one of the best players in basketball, and on Tuesday, the Dallas Mavericks paid him like one. The team announced that they had extended the contract of the two-time All-NBA First Team guard.

It’s a five-year deal worth $207 million, which is the largest guaranteed rookie extension in NBA history. Doncic is the first and only super-max eligible player to sign this deal based on making All-NBA First Team in two of his first three seasons.

Doncic, who gave indication back in June that he was going to sign the extension with Dallas, is happy to get his new contract.

“It’s a really special moment here,” Doncic said at a press conference in Slovenia to announce the deal. “Thank you to Dallas for offering me this. I still kind of don’t know what to say because I never imagined this happening. I was only dreaming to only play in the NBA, but now I can sign an extension with the Dallas Mavericks for five more years, which I never had a doubt about. I always wanted to sign this.”

Last season was tremendous for Doncic. He averaged a team-best 27.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, a team-high 8.6 assists. Doncic was even better in the playoffs as he increased his scoring average to a league-best 35.7 points to go along with 7.9 rebounds and a team-high 10.3 assists.

Doncic, 22, was the youngest player in league history to earn multiple All-NBA First Team selections. He also started his second straight All-Star Game in 2020-21, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to start multiple All-Star games before his 23rd birthday. 

Additionally, the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft had a special Olympic run. He recorded the third-ever triple-double in Olympic history and almost carried Slovenia to the gold medal game.

At this point, the Mavericks have to find ways to build around their young star. In the past two seasons, Dallas has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. With new GM Nico Harrison and a new head coach in Jason Kidd, Dallas has to get to that next level. 

They were very reliant on Doncic last season, and at times the ball stopped when it got into his hands, so they have to do a better job of diversifying the offense, including getting Kristaps Porzingis more involved.

On paper, Dallas, who re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr. and brought in Reggie Bullock, is not a championship team, but maybe they have a few more moves in the offseason that could get them to that spot. 

Bucks fire head coach Jason Kidd

The Milwaukee Bucks have fired their head coach Jason Kidd, the team announced on Monday. Kidd, who spent four seasons with the Bucks, will be replaced by assistant coach Joe Prunty.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Prunty is expected to be named the interim coach for Milwaukee.

Currently, the 8th seeded Bucks are 23-22. During his time with the Bucks, Kidd had a record of 139-152.

 

 

 

LaVar Ball on Lonzo Ball: ‘You ain’t seen nothing like him yet’

LaVar Ball believes that his son Lonzo Ball is going to be special in the NBA. He believes we have not seen anything like his son. “He’s a new breed. You ain’t seen nothing like him yet; that’s what I’m saying, ” Ball told Doug Gottlieb.  “Y’all trying to compare him to everybody! You say Jason Kidd? Jason Kidd 6’4, my boy 6’7. My boy can jump; he (Kidd) can jump a little bit. He(Kidd) can’t jump like Zo. Lonzo longer, blocks more shots, so it’s different.”

If Lonzo Ball has half the career Jason Kidd had, LaVar should be happy. However, it is good to see a father out there supporting his son!