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Dallas: Mavs Make Controversial Move with New Coach Jason Kidd

Basketball

The GIST: The Rangers swept the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, but it’s tough to celebrate knowing the Mavericks just hired a head coach (HC) with a history of domestic abuse.

June 28, 2021
Source: Elias Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News
Source: Elias Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News

🏀Mavericks: On Friday, reports emerged that the Mavs had hired former Dallas star Jason Kidd as the franchise’s 10th HC. Kidd played 19 seasons in the NBA and was a key player during the Mavs’ 2011 championship run. He also has a disturbing history, including an arrest in 2001 for domestic abuse.

  • With their own troubled history of toxicity in the workplace, the head coaching vacancy presented an opportunity for the Mavs to make a much-needed change. Mark Cuban tearfully apologized in 2018, but proved he learned nothing by hiring Kidd. 
  • On the court, Kidd’s playing skills certainly didn’t transfer to his coaching abilities. He has a head coaching record under .500 and lasted just one season with the Brooklyn Nets. There’s no way to spin it: this is a terrible hire.

🏀Wings: We want to end on a high note, so we’ll turn to the WNBA. Thanks to Arike Ogunbowale’s (pronounced ah-REE-kay oh-goon-boh-WAH-lay) 30-point performance, the Wings defeated the Washington Mystics 85–74 on Saturday. Next up, the squad will go for their third straight win against the Chicago Sky on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Ready for takeoff.