Whenever someone asks to compare a young Jason Kidd to a young Luka Doncic, Kidd is quick to smile and set the record straight.
“At 22, he’s way better than I was at that age,” Kidd told Mavs. com. “Do I wish I was Luka? Yes.
“I wish I was that tall and that strong.”
Actually, Kidd did make the first of his 10 All-Star appearances in his second season with the Dallas Mavericks – when he was 22 years old. At the same age, Doncic already had two All-Star appearances and had already established himself as one of the top three players in the NBA.
And while Kidd was 6-4 and 210 pounds during his playing day, Doncic is 6-7 and weighs 230 pounds, and has very few noticeable deficiencies in his game.
“I love his competitive spirit,” said Kidd, who is in his first year as the head coach of the Mavs. “I love that he wants to win at all cost. When you have that type of spirit with his skill set, it’s a beautiful thing.
“But again, it’s to help him with some of the smaller things with the game within the game, and hopefully that leads to us winning a championship.”
Because of Doncic’s incredible skill set and the advancement of some of the other players on the team, Kidd believes the Mavs are “close” to winning another championship. The quest for the Mavs…