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 African-American/Irish-American professional basketball coach from Oakland native rose through high school and college to become one of the best point guards and triple-double threats in NBA history.
Kidd then made the transition to the coaching world, where his fortune gets an extra boost.
Early Life & High School
Jason Frederick Kidd was born to Steve and Anne Kidd 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.
Jason Kidd Goes to College
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.
Jason Kidd's Coaching Career
After concluding his playing career, 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 were, but we can assume it was 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.
Kidd was hired as the Dallas Mavericks head coach in June 2021. He's looking to steer Luka Doncic, Christian Wood and Co. to Dallas' first NBA championship since he was on the team in 2011.
Many of you have noted Jason Kidd's 2001 domestic abuse charge, a subject he addressed with me in this 2008 feature. And yes, it needs to be and will be asked again given what's happened within Mavs' organization https://t.co/jDY00fa9gw
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) June 25, 2021
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's Surprising Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jason Kidd's estimated net worth is $75 million.
Kidd is getting a third shot at leading a pro team. Only time will tell if his tenure in Dallas will go better than his previous two stops.
This article was originally published on October 7, 2020, and has been updated since.
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