‘Good Luck King’: Jason Kidd Bids His Final Adieu to LeBron James Ahead of His Dallas Mavericks Journey

Published 06/28/2021, 9:12 PM EDT
Apr 22, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (23) yells during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers are perhaps the most lucrative market one can work for. Be it as a player, a coach, or a front office executive, this side that earlier housed Magic Johnson/Kobe Bryant and now stars LeBron James, is gold. So for one to consider leaving LA, the contract on the table must really tick all the boxes.

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But exactly this happened for Jason Kidd when he received an offer from Mark Cuban. Now, just as it became more obvious that Jason was ready to leave the Lake Show, LeBron James dropped his semisweet reaction. To that, the former has finally reacted.

Jason Kidd with a message aimed at LeBron James

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LeBron James“I hate to lose JKidd” made all the sense because of the rich history they share. Jason, a nine-year senior to Bron, played 19 seasons in the league. Although they never played alongside for an NBA franchise, they did share the court for Team USA. The two juggernauts played for the ‘Redeem Team’ in 2008 and proudly brought Gold for America. 

Later, five years into his retirement and upon receiving his HoF honor, Kidd joined the Lakers and served as an assistant coach to Frank Vogel. Certainly, he learned so much that he became a hot recruitment potential in these years.

After making his exit from the Lakers public, the 48-YO reacted to King James’ tweet and wished him all the luck.

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What attracted him to the Mavericks?

For one, it is a promotion to move from the assistant coach to the head coach position and that would look good on his resume. Plus, he started his career as a Maverick in 1994 and although he didn’t last three seasons on his rookie contract, he did shine there. Later, once Mark Cuban took the ownership, the legendary businessman brought Jason back in 2008 to play four complete seasons.

So now that the Mavericks have finally parted ways with former coach Rick Carlisle after 13 years, Jason obviously sees it as a great offer. He can take his learnings from the Lakers and add value to another of his favorite WC team.

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The Engine averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebs, and 8.7 assists in his career. Perhaps a good reason why Kendrick Perkins believes he can be great for the growth of Luka Doncic.

Are you happy with this move? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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