Jason Terry Recalls Jason Kidd’s Legendary NBA Finals Run: “That’s Kobe Bryant, Our Michael Jordan”

Published 12/24/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Dec 8, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd (left) talks with guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports


Jason Kidd is a highly respected figure in the NBA community. He was an incredible playmaker throughout his career. From an NBA championship ring to all-star performances, he accomplished everything a player could dream of. And even as an assistant coach, he won an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. So he has undoubtedly etched his name in the NBA history books. From Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan, he arguably put the clamps on some incredible NBA legends.

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He won his NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks where he had teammates like Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry to make them a force to reckoned with. Even to this day, Terry remembers Kidd as the one who willingly took the assignment to guard Kobe Bryant. By willing, he means Kidd insisted on it. Instead of Shawn Marion in the 2011 Playoff, Terry insisted he guards Kobe. While the team felt it was a bad matchup, Terry proved them wrong.

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NBA champion recalls Jason Kidd insisting he guards Kobe Bryant

After the 2011 NBA Playoffs, Jason Terry recalled their game against the Los Angeles Lakers. It appalled him that Jason Kidd was insisting his matchup is Kobe Bryant. However, he was even more surprised by how well Kidd did in that role.

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He said, “That was the toughest 30 points I’ve ever seen Kobe Bryant get. And I’ve never seen someone block Kobe’s shot. J-Kidd, on one possession, Kobe goes to his patented fadeaway, comes behind, blocks his shot. I was so impressed. It took everything in me not to just go hug that dude. That’s Kobe Bryant, our Michael Jordan.”

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Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd walk off the court during a timeout against China during competition in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Jason Kidd played with Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant. That puts him in an elite list of players who can actually give an inside take on the GOAT debate. While answering who he thinks is the best player he played against, he said Michael Jordan.

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Even though he did not play against LeBron James in his prime, he surely faced an MVP caliber LeBron in his career. Nevertheless, one thing is for certain that he never feared a matchup against any of these legends. Indeed, an iconic figure in NBA history. Do you think Jason Kidd is right? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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