It was recently announced that former Dallas Mavericks Point Guards Jason Kidd and Steve Nash were going to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Jason is currently second on the all-time Assists list with (12091) and is second in steals all-time with (2,684). As he only trails John Stockton in both categories. Kidd would go on to coach both the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks. Jason is currently not coaching due to being fired by the Bucks earlier season with a variety of coaching vacancies at the end of this season he should have several coaching options to select from, and you never know there might be some surprises.
His former coach Rick Carlisle had this to say about what he meant to him and what he meant to the Mavericks. Carlisle also was asked did Jason ask for him for any advice before he decided to pursue coaching?
“Great player one of the all-time greats. When we won it in 2011, he did a little bit of everything from guarding all the great players. At some point during that series on the perimeter, and he scored when he needed to.” As for coaching out in regards to coaching ” We were on a golf trip right before his first year for three and half days, and we talked on that trip about it some. He is one of those people that will be successful at anything he does.”
“We all knew that he was going into the Hall of Fame and we are happy for him and the year we won the championship it was amazing. He was a leader, a winner, and a competitor. He did it all, and when we needed stops, he guarded the opposing teams player, shot the ball great, and put us in a situation to win. So, it was amazing when he was here.” JJ Barea
Dirk Nowitzki On Steve Nash and Jason Kidd going into Hall of Fame: Happy for them and Grant Hill as well, he has been someone that I have been close with these past couple years.“I definitely won’t miss that weekend.” Well, deserve all of them were playmakers, scores, winners, and meant a lot to the game. Probably the two best passing point guards this league has ever seen. So, well deserved, and I am happy for them. That weekend is going to be a blast for sure.”
“Trading Jason Kidd is one of the best decision I ever made. I’m excited about both him and Nash being selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame. They are both great guys, and both are great examples of dedication and hard work.” said Mark Cuban. He would continue to say, Kidd made us a better team by being able to include everyone and worked on his game to improve his three-point shot. He was an underrated defender, and we do not win a championship without him.
“He is a generational player where he is second all-time in assists, and one of the best triple-double in the history of this league. He was a champion and a ten plus time All-Star. He is one of those guys that would go down as a first ballot Hall of Famer. He has had success as a coach making the playoffs and the way he saw the game it was different from everyone. I think this is just the combination of all the hard work he has put in.” – Richard Jefferson
“That’s big time! Coming from the Bay Area, I obviously followed J-Kidd, and I have a lot of respect for what he did over the course of his career. I was fortunate enough to play against him my rookie year, but he had a great career. He became a head coach in this league, and he has had a great run at it with the game of basketball, and I’m proud to come from the same place as him” – Damian Lillard
As for Nash, He would finish his career 3rd on the all-time assists list with 10,335 behind only his former teammate Jason Kidd and John Stockton.
“Letting Steve Nash go was one of the worst moves I had ever made” – Mark Cuban
He deserves it he is a two time MVP and was great for me as a player. Getting the opportunity to watch the way he approached the game is something that you will never take for granted, and he inspired me to do the same.” Joe Johnson.
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