Mavericks tab Jason Kidd as head coach, Nike executive to run basketball operations


The Dallas Mavericks have reached agreements with Jason Kidd and Nico Harrison to make Kidd the head coach and Harrison the head of basketball operations, a person familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they was not authorized to speak publicly until the Mavs made an official announcement.

Kidd spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach and was the head coach in Milwaukee and Brooklyn before that. A Hall of Famer as a player and No. 2 on the NBA’s all-time assist list, Kidd wanted a head coaching job and he returns to Dallas where he won a championship with the Mavericks in 2011.

Jason Kidd, who was a head coach for the Nets and Bucks, spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Lakers.

In five NBA seasons, Kidd was 183-190 and made the playoff three times – once in his only season with Brooklyn (reached the conference semifinals in 2014) and twice with the Bucks (first-round losses in 2015 and 2017). He didn’t coach during the 2018-19 season and joined Lakers coach Frank Vogel’s staff in 2019.

Rick Carlisle, who just stepped aside as the Mavs’ coach and took the Indiana Pacers job, advocated for Kidd to replace him, according to a story in ESPN.

New Mavericks president Nico Harrison played collegiately at Montana State and has been a Nike NBA representative since 2002.

Kidd, a former point guard, gets an opportunity to coach Luka Doncic and help the MVP-caliber point forward improve.

The Mavs lost in the first round of the playoffs the past two seasons, and now it’s on Harrison, who has spent the past two decades as a basketball executive with Nike, to build a roster that can maximize some of Doncic’s prime years. Doncic is also up for a max extension.

Harrison is well known in NBA circles working directly with many of Nike’s top NBA players. In 2016, Harrison, who played college basketball at Montana State, was named Nike’s vice president of North America basketball operations and maintained a close relationship with Kobe Bryant.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mavericks tab Jason Kidd as next head coach, Nike executive as GM

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