Dallas Introduces Jason Kidd as New Head Coach

On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks introduced to the media both new head coach Jason Kidd and new general manager Nico Harrison. Kidd, who will begin his third tenure as a head coach in the NBA, has previously led the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, compiling a 183-190 (.491%) record before two years as an assistant coach with the LA Lakers. Kidd will be joining the Dallas organization for a third stint, as he was drafted by the Mavericks in 1994, winning co-Rookie of the Year (with Grant Hill) before being traded away late in 1996. He returned later in his career from 2007-2012, winning an NBA Championship in 2011. Back in late June, Kidd sent out the following tweet thanking the Lakers organization for his time, which includes an NBA Championship from last year's bubble in Orlando. 
One of the main items on the docket for Kidd will be to ensure that both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis not only play to their potential as individuals, but as teammates too. Kidd had the following to say about Porzingis
I think he's excited, he's ready to work, and I think you're going to see a different KP. This is a positive summer for him. He's healthy. I think he's really excited about this opportunity. I think he's a perfect fit for Luka. He has a skill set that a lot of people don't have in this league. As a coach, I'm very excited to be able to work with him.
One thing that came up during the press conference was Kidd's past, specifically about his domestic violence charges that were laid by his ex-wife in 2001. Following conversations between Kidd and Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall, the team felt comfortable enough to move forward with the hire. 
The Mavs don't appear to be finished when it comes to adding coaching depth. Rumor has it that they are looking to add Igor Kokoskov, who has spent nearly twenty years in the NBA as an assistant coach, as well as one year as head coach of the Phoenix Suns during their brutal 2018-19 season, when they went 19-63. He coached Doncic during EuroBasket 2017 as the Slovenian national team head coach. 
Hopefully Kidd can foster a dynamic relationship between Porzingis and Doncic, and lead the Mavericks deep into the playoffs. 

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