Jason Kidd "Strong Frontrunner" for Dallas Coaching Job; Gets A Surprising Endorsement

The Dallas Mavericks are close to naming a new general manager, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, and Jason Kidd has emerged as the leading contender for the head coaching job. 

If they're looking for some references for the coaching gig, they need look no further than their outgoing head coach, Rick Carlisle.

Carlisle has publicly given his endorsement for Jason Kidd, his former Mavericks point guard, and current Lakers assistant coach.  

"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," Carlisle said. "I just think that it would be a great situation for Luka, and I think it would be an amazing situation for Jason."

Carlisle then dropped the ultimate testimonial, that's unique to the 13-year Mavs coach, and to him only:

"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."

Kidd has been a head coach in the NBA on two previous occasions, in Brooklyn (2013-14) and Milwaukee (2014-2018). He's had some success, though his defining moment just might be his infamous spilled drink stunt to gain an extra "time out".

Mavericks legend and "special advisor" Dirk Nowitzki is also reported to be supportive of Kidd's bid. That, plus Carlisle's public reference letter for Kidd (and a spilled drink) could be the difference in landing him the Dallas coaching gig. 

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