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Jason Kidd Already Assembling Coaching Staff For Dallas Mavericks

A closeup of Jason Kidd on the sideline for the Bucks.

A closeup of Jason Kidd on the sideline for the Bucks.

Jason Kidd is by all accounts on the verge of being named the next head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. But he doesn’t need that move to be official to start planning for the new role.

According to ESPN, Kidd has “begun the early stages of assembling a coaching staff”. He is currently an assistant coach on the Los Angeles Lakers, so it’s very possible he brings some of his coworkers along with him.

Kidd had a number of assistants during his stints with the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks that he could reunite with in Dallas. Greg Foster, Josh Oppenheimer, Joe Prunty and Stacey Augmon are just a few.

Kidd last coached an NBA game in January 2018 with the Milwaukee Bucks. He was fired after a 23-22 start to the 2017-18 season.

His overall record

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Kawhi Leonard, Clippers Beat Luka Doncic, Mavericks in Game 7; Advance to Face Jazz | Bleacher Report

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For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Clippers knocked Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks out of the Western Conference playoffs in the first round.

And for the second straight season, it took one hell of an effort to put the Mavs down.

Led by Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers beat the Mavs 126-111 in Game 7, spoiling another Doncic classic (46 points).

The Clippers never quite found an answer for Doncic in the series. Luckily for them, the rest of the Mavericks couldn’t play up to his level.

This was a bizarre series, with the road team winning the first six games before the Clippers finally held serve at home in Game 7. While they advance to the second round, the Mavericks will head into the offseason

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Luka Doncic posts career nights in Mavericks win vs. Bucks

Two years ago, Luka Doncic entered the NBA and immediately started making everyone who doubted his ceiling look foolish.

By next June, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year and by the February after, he was his team’s all-time leader in triple-doubles. Entering Saturday, he had averaged 24.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in his short career. It should not be controversial to say those are the numbers of a superstar, and that Doncic is already one of the 10 (maybe five?) best basketball players on Earth.

And yet, watching Doncic, it’s beginning to feel like we are only watching the first phase of a multistage rocket hurtling toward inner-circle Hall of Fame status. That was likely true before the NBA was put on forced hiatus, but it was never more evident than on Saturday against the team with the best record in basketball.

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