‣ After the Mavericks’ victory against the Rockets, coach Jason Kidd defended his players against criticism and urged reporters to focus on the team’s recent success and growth.
‣ Kidd emphasized that failure is a part of the learning process for athletes and expressed confidence in his team’s abilities.
‣ Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving combined for 68 points in the game, with the Mavericks currently standing in the Western Conference’s Top 5.
“Write some positive sh*t.”
– Jason Kidd
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The Mavericks’ 121-115 win over the Rockets was a cause for celebration. Yet, Coach Jason Kidd found himself facing a barrage of questions from reporters, who seemed to be looking for flaws in the team’s performance. Despite the team’s victory after a 9-point deficit against the NBA’s best defensive team, the focus was on the negatives. Kidd wanted to change the narrative and highlight the positives.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon tried to question the performance of the team’s stars. Kidd, a former player himself, wasn’t having any of it. He demanded more positive coverage of the team’s recent success, before exiting the conference room abruptly.
Kidd wanted to highlight his team’s growth. He argued that success doesn’t happen overnight. “Maybe it’s the things that you thought would happen day one, that they should be successful right off the bat. It takes time. Failing is alright,” he said.
Kidd continued, “It’s not a bad thing to fail for an athlete because you better learn from it. Those two are the best in the world, and we feel very comfortable with them having the ball. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn’t, but we learn from it. As you mentioned, they’re one of the best duos in clutch time.”
Despite pre-season predictions of the team missing the playoffs, Kidd believes the star duo are proving everyone wrong. “It was something you guys wanted to make a big deal of last year, but not making a big deal about it this year because s**t is going good,” he added. “So, write some positive s**t. I’m giving you a f***ing answer. It’s alright to write positive stuff.”
Kidd urged the press to focus on the positive. “People will read your positive s**t. You don’t always have to be negative. The world is already negative enough, right? Let’s see some positive stuff on positive people who are doing their jobs on a nightly basis. We’re only into this year, we can’t go back to last year. That’s the f***ing problem. Have a good night,” he concluded.
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving combined for 68 points on Monday. The Mavericks are now 11-6 and standing atop the Western Conference’s Top 5.
Kidd also took a moment to praise Luka Doncic. Despite falling short of his 59th career triple-double, Doncic displayed his third 40+ point performance of the season. He also added nine rebounds and nine assists to his stat line. “Sometimes we take him for granted, and we shouldn’t,” said Kidd. “He’s about winning, but it just so happens he’s a walking triple-double.”
As for the Rockets, their rising star Alperen Sengun produced his season-best 31 points. They also had six scorers in double figures. Rockets coach Ime Udoka expressed, “I told the team, ‘Played well enough to win, not smart enough to win.’ We were extra-aggressive, especially at the end of the third quarter. Had multiple players make a few dumb fouls, put Kyrie at the line and got him going when he didn’t have a lot going. You can be aggressive, obviously, but slapping somebody on a 3-point shot on the arm is an unintelligent play. It has nothing to do with aggression.”