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Jason Kidd will invite former Mavericks to try coaching at training camp

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 08: American former basketball player Jason Kidd attends Nike jersey launch event ahead of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 on August 8, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Fu Tian/China News Service/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks recently overhauled much of their staff after the 2020-2021 NBA season. Subsequently, they hired new head coach Jason Kidd and new General Manager Nico Harrison. These two had their introductory press conference this morning for the first time in their new roles. In the interviews, Kidd talked about some of his plans for training camp and the coaching staff. Among topics discussed, he mentioned inviting former Mavericks teammates to try their hand at coaching in the upcoming training camp.

As stated in the tweet above, Kidd specifically mentioned JJ Barea and Tyson Chandler. Previously, these two were among Kidd’s teammates on the 2011 NBA Championship-winning Mavericks team. While it’s not certain they will be on the staff, it would be exciting to see more former players on the sidelines. The former players would likely have a lot of chemistry from their time as teammates. However, their coaching abilities are yet to be determined.

Also, in the press conference, Jason Kidd talked about his excitement to work with Dallas’s young talent. The new Mavs Head Coach mentioned his role in the development of All-Stars Giannis Antetokoumpo and Khris Middleton during his time with Milwaukee. He also implied hiring members formerly on his staff during his 3.5 years with the Bucks.

“We feel like we get the right guys on the coaching staff that have developed before. We’ve done it at a very high level. There’s a team playing right now that we were a part of. There are two players there with Khris Middleton and Giannis that we helped develop… With a little hard work and some fun, we can get a Josh Green to the next level.”

Jason Kidd, Press Conference 7/15/2021

Earlier this morning, reports stated that the Mavericks were already pushing to reunite Luka Doncic with Igor Kokoskov. The pair worked together in the past to win the Gold Medal at EuroBasket 2017 for Slovenia. Considering all the plans that the Mavericks have laid out, Kidd looks to make a well-rounded staff. So far, it seems as if he plans to combine coaches with NBA experience as players themselves, some with strong relationships with their players, and some to help develop their young team members.

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