NBA benches mirror NFL sidelines. Assistant coaches are solely responsible for the offensive and defensive aspects of the game, focusing on the minute details of each possession. The coaches spread on the bench also serve as sounding boards when the head coach is calculating his next move.
Kidd has been through it all in the basketball world. The half Irish/half African-American Oakland native rose through high school and college to become one of the best point guards and triple-double threats in NBA history.
Early Life & High School
Jason Frederick Kidd was born in San Francisco, California on March 23, 1973. He attended St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in nearby Alameda where he excelled as one of the top players in the country.
— Mr. Basketball USA (1992)
— Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1992)
— 2x First-Team Parade All-American
— 2x California Mr. Basketball
— McDonald’s All-American (1992)
— 35 of the Greatest Boys McDonald’s All-Americans (2012)
After high school, Kidd chose to stay close to home and play for the University of California, Berkeley.
The point guard helped resurrect the Cal basketball program with nifty passes, sharp shooting, rebounding, and pesky defense. In Kidd’s freshman year, the Bears won 11 more games than the previous season.
Kidd led Cal to an upset over two-time defending champion Duke in the second round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. They wound up falling to Kansas 93-76 in the Sweet 16.
After the season, Kidd added more awards and announced he was taking his talents to the National Basketball Association.
— Consensus First-Team All-American (1994)
— USBWA National Freshman of the Year (1993)
— Pac-10 Player of the Year (1994)
— Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1993)
— NCAA season assists leader (1994)
— NCAA season steals leader (1993)
— No. 5 Retired by California Golden Bears
NBA Career & Earnings
Kidd established himself as a household name with the Phoenix Suns and New Jersey Nets. He made the Nets championship contenders, leading the disgruntled franchise to the 2002 and 2003 NBA Finals.
— NBA Champion (2011)
— 10x NBA All-Star
— 5x All-NBA First Team
— All-NBA Second Team (2003)
— 4x NBA All-Defensive First Team
— 5x NBA All-Defensive Second Team
— NBA Co-NBA Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill (1995)
— NBA All-Rookie First Team (1995)
— 5x NBA Assists leader
— 2x NBA Sportsmanship Award
Kidd was a member of the United States gold-medal winning basketball teams for the 2000 and 2008 Olympic games. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.
Per Spotrac, Kidd earned $182,027,968 over 19 seasons.
After concluding his time on the court, the former player immediately transitioned to the bench as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. In his first season, Brooklyn lost in the 2014 Eastern Conference semifinals to the Miami Heat.
The following season, Kidd’s coaching rights were secured by the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for two second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019. Kidd led the Bucks to the playoffs in two of his three full seasons, but lost in the first round each appearance. He was fired 45 games into the 2017-18 season.
The professional basketball coach took a year off and landed a role as the lead assistant with the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers in 2019.
It’s unclear what the details of the contract are, but we can assume it’s somewhere in the ballpark of Ty Lue’s four-year, $6.5 million dollar deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. Lue’s contract made him the highest-paid assistant at the time.
The nine-time NBA All-Defensive team member married Joumana Kidd in 1997. After a domestic abuse scandal and subsequent anger management classes, the couple split in 2007. They have three children together: son Trey Jason (TJ) and twin daughters Miah and Jazelle.
The former NBA player married Porschla Coleman in 2011. They have two kids.
Jason Kidd Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jason Kidd’s estimated net worth is $75 million.
With so many coaching vacancies and head coaching experience coming at a premium, Kidd’s name is in the mix to land another lead job.