Mavericks Notes: Doncic, Kidd, Culture, Assistant Coaches, Barea

Luka Doncic shooting a jumper. -AP

The Mavericks hired Jason Kidd as their new head coach a month ago, and if you ask Nico Harrison, their newly hired general manager, he sees the potential of how Kidd and Luka Doncic can develop a relationship together.

“The best thing you can do is surround him by a Hall of Fame coach (Kidd) who played his position and let those two vibe off each other,” Harrison said. “I think that’s going to help him tremendously.”

Kidd has prior stints as a head coach with the Nets and Bucks, as he really helped Giannis Antetokounmpo develop his all-around skills to make him go from an unknown kid from Greece to a two-time MVP.

Kidd saw the potential of “The Greek Freak” before anyone else, particularly as a near 7-foot tall forward that can put the ball on the floor and pass like a point guard.

Doncic is still developing his all-around game as a floor general as well, so having one of the best point guards of all time in your ear on a daily basis should certainly help push his game even further.

More Mavs Notes

  • Harrison wants to instill a culture in Dallas that players want to be a part of, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News writes. “My approach is really simple,” Harrison explained. “It’s going to be about servant leadership that kind of empowers the team and the staff to be at their best.”

  • Kidd has spoken with former teammates Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea about potentially joining his coaching staff, according to Dwain Price of All of them were a part of the Mavs’ 2011 championship-winning team, the organization’s only title in franchise history.

  • Mark Cuban says that Barea can have any job within the organization he wants, and has spoken to him about that, per Price. Cuban says those jobs weren’t related to coaching, but if Kidd and Mannion want him on their coaching staff, then it’s up to them to make that happen.

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