Rick Carlisle endorses Jason Kidd as Mavs head coach


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Shortly after his hiring as the new head coach of the Indiana Pacers, former Mavs coach Rick Carlisle gave his thoughts on the Dallas opening, and who he'd like to see replace him at the helm.

That candidate, according to a report from ESPN's Tim MacMahon, is none other than former Mavs point guard, and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant, Jason Kidd.

Kidd, who has a somewhat sordid history around the league with various franchises, has previous, albeit less than stellar, experience as a head coach thus far.

Never the less, Carlisle believes the fit with Kidd and Mavs superstar Luka Doncic, is about as mutually beneficial as it gets.

"It's hard to put an exact finger on it. It’s just a feeling that I had that it would be mutually beneficial," Carlisle told MacMahon. My hope is that Jason Kidd will be the next coach of the Mavs because he and Luka have so many things in common as players."

"I just think that it would be a great situation for Luka, and I think it would be an amazing situation for Jason," Carlisle continued. "I’m the only person on the planet that’s coached both of those guys and that knows about all of their special qualities as basketball players. To me, that just would be a great marriage, but that’s just an opinion."

Kidd began that career with the Brooklyn Nets, where he went 44-38 in his only season, finished second in the Atlantic Division, and lost in the second round of the NBA playoffs.

That offseason the Milwaukee Bucks then traded two second round picks to the Nets for the coaching rights to Kidd, where he would spending the next four seasons.

During that time, Kidd's record was 139-152, while his teams finished with a record above .500 just once, and failing to win a single playoff series.

Kidd was subsequently fired as the Bucks head coach after a 23-22 start to the 2017-18 season, where he would eventually be replaced by Mike Budenholzer.

Since 2019, Kidd has served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, helping his team to the 2019-2020 NBA title.

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