10-time All-star Jason Kidd will be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, as part of the 2018 class later today.
Jason Kidd is currently in second on the all-time assists list, but when he entered the league in 1994, as the second pick by the Dallas Mavericks that wasn’t an immediate goal. He would average 11.7 PPG, 7.7 APG, and 5.4. Upon the conclusion of his rookie season, which landed him Co-Rookie of The Year honors with Grant Hill. This is the first time that this has happened in NBA history.
Throughout Kidd’s career, he helped lead three different teams to the NBA finals, and finally one in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks. Prior two his last appearance with the Mavericks, he went to back to back Finals in the early 2000s with the New Jersey Nets. Unfortunately, both times he would come up short against Kobe Bryant and Shaq led Lakers, and then Tim Duncan and David Robinson’s San Antonio Spurs.
Jason Kidd was coached by Byron Scott, who member of the Showtime Lakers from the 80s in those finals. After those two finals lost Scott was fired and replaced by Assistant coach Lawerance Frank. Some source close to the situation has stated that Kidd and Frank conspired to get Scott ousted, while others have claimed that he just wasn’t fit for the position.
Scott was recently on the “Scoop B” Radio Podcast and was asked if he and Kidd buried the hatch.
“Not really,” Byron Scott
Back in 2015, before a Bucks vs Lakers game according to Netsdaily.com
Scott did not mince words in an interview with the Orange County Register. Before Bucks-Lakers game Wednesday –a game which the Bucks won, Scott was asked about his experience coaching Kidd. The reporter, Bill Oram, called Kidd a “unique personality.”
According to Oram, Scott thought there was a better way to describe the future Hall of Famer: “He was kind of known as an [a–hole],” he told Oram.
He went on. Asked to describe their relationship, Scott called it “cordial. And that’s about as good as it’s going to get, too. I respect him as a basketball player and now as a coach but other than that, we’re not going to be swapping spit and having dinner and playing golf and all that stuff together.”
Three years later first reported by Brandon ‘Scoop B” Robinson Scott is ready to bury the hatchet.
“I would hope that somewhere down the line if we do run into each other, I know myself, and I’ve definitely forgotten about it, it’s water under the bridge,” said Scott
“If I do see him, I would just want to congratulate him on his career and everything he’s been able to accomplish. Hopefully, we can go from there.”