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No one in any respect ought to be shocked that Jason Kidd pointedly stated, in immediately’s Finals media availability, that Jaylen Brown was the most effective participant on the Celtics.

No one with even a toe within the NBA water is unaware of the fixed debate over Jayson Tatum’s rating within the NBA hierarchy and but, Kidd tried to be slick together with his not so refined troll job.

“Nicely, Jaylen’s their greatest participant, so simply taking a look at what he does defensively, he picked up Luka [Doncic] full courtroom, he received to the free throw line. He did every thing and that’s what your greatest participant does. He performs each side, protection and offense, at a excessive price and he’s been doing that the entire playoffs,” Kidd stated Saturday afternoon. “We’re speaking concerning the Japanese Convention [Finals] MVP, it looks as if he’s continued the place he’s left off.”

When informed about Kidd’s feedback, Brown shrugged and responded, “I’ve no response. It’s a crew recreation and we’re attempting to concentrate on that. Everyone has their very own opinions.”

Tatum echoed these sentiments and expanded, “no response. It is a crew sport. We perceive that we wouldn’t be right here with out JB on our crew and lets say that for lots of men, proper? We’ve all performed a component in attending to the place we’re at and we perceive that individuals attempt to drive a wedge in between us. It’s a sensible factor to attempt to do, however we’ve been on this place with guys attempting to divide us or saying that considered one of us ought to be traded or one’s higher than the opposite. It’s not our first time on the rodeo.”

Al Horford simply laughed and stated, “man, I see what he’s doing.”

It is simply the most recent in a line of clumsy maneuvers by Kidd.

Flip your clocks again to Friday, February 26, 2010. Dallas trails Atlanta 95-97, with a few minute and a half left. The Mavericks’ level guard, one Jason Kidd by identify, comes trucking up the courtroom, and he notices that Mike Woodson, Atlanta’s head coach, is standing on the courtroom.

Now this can be a no-no, however it’s additionally probably the most broadly ignored no-nos in skilled basketball. Kidd sees Woodson on the courtroom and makes a beeline for him. Woodson, realizing on the final second that as quickly as Kidd touches him, it’s an computerized, no-questions-asked completely assured technical foul, jumps backward, however it’s too late. Kidd swings out his left arm and smacks Woodson.

Mavs are awarded a free throw and retain possession.

They ultimately go on to drive additional time and win.

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Was it a legit play?

Positive, form of, I suppose.

It definitely matches the letter of the regulation, and it most likely taught Woodson to be a bit extra cautious about the place he places his ft, however check out the video. Kidd isn’t doing something however attempting to get that technical, there is no basketball play right here. If Woodson manages to get off the courtroom, Kidd is up a creek. After the sport he stated as a lot.

Quick ahead three years and alter, and Kidd is now teaching the Brooklyn Nets. They’re down two to the Lakers with 8.3 seconds left and the Nets are all out of timeouts. Regardless of, Kidd, cup of pop in hand, seemingly runs into Tyshaun Taylor (after instructing him to bump him), spilling his drink everywhere in the courtroom.

Throughout the ensuing cleanup, the Nets are in a position to attract up a play in case Meeks misses one or each free throws.

Afterwards, it turns into fairly clear that Kidd orchestrated the stunt to be able to steal a day trip and he’s fined $50,000 by the NBA.

Lower than a 12 months later, Kidd tried to make use of his relationship with new Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, who had previously been a part of the Nets possession group, to leverage crew president duties from Brooklyn. This after only one 12 months on the job, and a reasonably underwhelming 12 months at that.

The Nets referred to as his bluff, and the following factor , Marc Lasry’s agreed to rent Kidd with out telling anybody, not the Bucks’ GM, nor their present coach, Larry Drew, no person. The Bucks’ GM, John Hammond, discovered that he had a brand new coach in a Saturday evening media report.

Kidd’s remark immediately is simply one other ham-fisted little bit of manipulation, about as clear as any of his previous makes an attempt at gamesmanship.

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