For four seasons from 2008-2012, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and Jason Kidd shared many huddles.
Carlisle knew Kidd’s talent and high basketball IQ, and he often gave his point guard the freedom to call plays on the court.
It’s no surprise to Carlisle that Kidd is enjoying success in this his first season as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, 9-1 in their last 10 games.
“He’s one of the unique guys in the history of the game,” Carlisle said. “If you try to come up with names of guys that just would find the most resourceful ways to get wins, you’re not going to find anybody that was more creative than him, who had the fire burning the way Jason Kidd did.
“I’ve always had great admiration for him.”
Kidd played a major role in guiding the Mavs to the 2011 NBA title. For that, Carlisle will always have a soft spot for him.
“I spent a little time with him this summer on a golf trip, which was fun,” Carlisle said. “He knew exactly what he was getting into here.
“He had no notions that [coaching] was going to be anything easy, and he’s done a great job.”
When asked if Kidd had “stolen” any of his plays, Carlisle said: “He helped invent a lot of them. So I don’t know if I can accuse him of stealing anything.”
Nets guard Jason Terry is playing for one of the NBA’s hottest teams. But the Seattle native and former Mav is pleased on another front.
Terry has been beaming since the Seahawks won last Sunday to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. He plays and lives not far from East Rutherford, N.J., so he’ll be able to attend this year’s Super Bowl.
“This is the time of year for me, and I’m on cloud nine,” Terry said. “It’s funny, when Pittsburgh played Seattle in the Super Bowl, [Mavs owner Mark] Cuban promised that he would get us a suite and we’d go up to the game, because he’s a huge Steelers fan.
“But it never happened, and Seattle ended up losing. So I’m going to remind him that, look, here’s another chance for you to make that right and send that suite for me.”
Mav or Net?
When that important decision has to be made, Kidd doesn’t know if he’ll go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Nets or theMavericks.
As a player, Kidd led the Nets to the 2002 and ’03 NBA Finals where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively. But Kidd won his only NBA title with the Mavs in 2011.
“It’ll be great if he went in as a Mav, that’s always a great thing,” Cuban said. “But I’m sure he’ll make the decision that he’s most comfortable with.
“Actually what I would tell him is if he’s the coach of the Nets, go in as a Net because it would probably get him a raise and he’ll probably have it as leverage to get a big raise. So that would be my advice to him, but otherwise I’d be happy for him to go in as a Mav.”
Kidd played 506 games for the Nets and 500 games for the Mavs.
Four players who helped the Mavs beat the Miami Heat for the 2011 NBA title were at the Barclays Center on Friday: Mavs forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, and the Nets’ Terry and Kidd.
Said Terry: “I call it the four guys that hold the key to this safe called Miami, because we’re the only ones that cracked it.”
Since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh became teammates during the 2010-2011 season, they are 11-1 in playoff series. Their only series loss was to the Mavs in the 2011 NBA Finals.