When things didn’t go well for the Dallas Mavericks last season after trading star point guard Kyrie Irving, some media figures used it as an opportunity to push the narrative that Irving and Luka Doncic wouldn’t be able to make it. work together.
Whether or not the criticism was justified at the time, Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd hasn’t forgotten the negativity, lashing out at ESPN’s Tim McMahon after Dallas’ win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, urging him And for all members of the media who tend to dwell on negativity, “write something positive (bleep)”.
Many people supported Kidd’s rant on social media, agreeing with him, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who had Kidd as an assistant coach during Los Angeles’ 2020 championship run.
“J cursed and you know he wasn’t happy at all! I don’t think I’ve ever heard him curse. I mean from playing against him, teaming up with him and playing for him. Never! He’s hot and candid That’s right!! Love J Kidd!” James tweeted.
The two never played together for Team USA and Kidd with the Lakers, although Kidd’s best performance came during James’ playing days in the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA Finals victory over the Miami Heat. A strong bond is formed when working.
Kidd also hinted at the media not to put too much emphasis on the good things players like Irving do off the court. James won a championship with Irving in 2016 when they were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers, giving him another reason to support Kidd in this particular situation.
Considering the complicated relationship between Kidd, James, Irving and Doncic, plus the fact that the Mavericks have a higher ceiling than the Lakers in the near future, it’s easy to see why Irving reportedly reached out to James over the summer to evaluate his performance. Interested in coming to Dallas.
Many in the Los Angeles media continue to try to push the Kyrie to Lakers story, but with Irving and Doncic forging a long-term connection while currently having more success than the Lakers have had this season, one has to wonder what will happen next summer, As James enters unrestricted free agency for the fourth time in his career, a very attractive situation in Dallas is eyeing him.