Jason Kidd was reportedly VERY particular about uniformity when it came to color schemes in a group chat.
In an excerpt from her upcoming book “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP,” The Ringer’s Mirin Fader writes that the former Nets legend and Bucks head coach ordered Milwaukee to run sprints in practice because Thon Maker’s Android phone was messing with the all-blue speech bubbles in the team’s group chat.
“At one point center Thon Maker didn’t have an iPhone, messing up the team’s blue-bubble iPhone group chat,” the book excerpt read. “Kidd was upset about it and made the team run because Kidd felt that Maker not getting an iPhone was an example of the team not being united.”
Kidd is portrayed in the excerpt as a coach who was either loved or hated during his tenure with the Bucks, often making the entire team run when a mistake was made in practice, save for the player who made the mistake. The fiery Kidd wanted that player to watch the rest of his team run to learn from his miscue.
Kidd’s coaching rights were traded from the Nets to the Bucks in 2014 after Kidd reportedly wanted more power within the Brooklyn organization, and he was booed in his first game back in the city. He made the playoffs in his first season in Milwaukee, but after being bounced in the first round four years later, he was fired midway through the following season before joining the Lakers’ coaching staff, where he remained until earlier this year, when he was hired to become the head coach of the Mavericks.
During his Bucks tenure, Kidd took youngster Giannis Antetokounmpo under his wing, determined to morph the center into a hybrid that could play point guard. The two spent extended time one-on-one as Kidd tried to help Antetokounmpo recognize his star potential, which is exactly what Antetokounmpo has become, putting together a historic NBA Finals and claiming series MVP on Tuesday night.
As for Kidd, the Mavericks better hope they all have iPhones before practices begin for next season.
The book is available on Aug. 10 and available now for preorder.
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