“Did Giannis Antetokounmpo Write It?” – Jason Kidd Rubbishes Abusive Coaching Allegations

Published 08/29/2021, 2:29 AM EDT


Jason Kidd continues his coaching adventures in NBA as he joins the Dallas Mavericks as the head coach. This will be his fourth coaching job since retiring from the league. During the recent Mavericks media day, he also spoke about Giannis Antetokounmpo and his new book.

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Reigning finals MVP, Giannis had a book written about him; ‘Gianniѕ: The Improbable Riѕe of an NBA MVP,’ written by Mirin Fader, covers the life of the two-time MVP. However, Kidd made it clear that he has no intention of reading the book.

Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) accepts the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award from NBA commissioner Adam Silver after game six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Jason Kidd waiting for Giannis Antetokounmpo to write his own book

Even though Kidd has refused to read the book about Giannis’ life, it does not mean that the relationship between the two has gone sour. In fact, it’s the exact opposite; Kidd is waiting for the Greek Freak to write his own biography, and unless that happens, Kidd will not pay attention to any such literature.

Speaking to media about the same, he said, “There are no feelings about it because it was not Giannis’ book. The cool thing is my relationship with Giannis goes beyond basketball.

“I talked to him a couple of hours after his son was born. Cool little name, ‘Maverick.’ See, you guys didn’t know that. That’s how close we are.”

Jaѕon Kidd on Mirin Fader’ѕ book: “There are no feelingѕ about it becauѕe it waѕ not Gianniѕ’ book… My relationѕhip with Gianniѕ goes beyond basketball. I talked to him a couple of hourѕ after his ѕon waѕ born. Cool little name, ‘Maverick.’ See, you guyѕ didn’t know that. That’ѕ how cloѕe we are.” from nba

The book has not been kind to Jason Kidd as it includes his time as the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. The book says that his ways of training were like ‘psychological warfare’. But, Kidd told the media that many players who spoke to him said the author “didn’t come across the right way.”

Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) shoots the ball as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends in the first half during game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Greek Freek and Jason Kidd

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The Milwaukee Bucks hired Jason Kidd as a head coach in 2014, one year after Antetokounmpo came into the league in 2013. Hence, their relationship goes a long way back.

Kidd was Giannis’ second coach in his NBA career. After winning his first championship, Giannis even praised Jason Kidd for pushing him when he was a young player in the league.

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Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) begins to celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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