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HC Jason Kidd Reveals What Happened When He Met a Teen Kyrie Irving in High School

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Jason Kidd, the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, shared a lighthearted anecdote about Kyrie Irving, one of the league’s most electrifying players. The interaction took place during Irving’s high school days, and it sheds light on both Kidd’s playful demeanor and Irving’s rise to stardom.

According to ClutchPoints on Twitter, Kidd responded with a touch of humor when asked about his first interaction with Irving: “Jason Kidd: “[Kyrie Irving] was in high school playing in a Nike event. He was pretty good.” Reporter: “Did you actually talk to him then, or just watch him?” Jason Kidd: “Nah, I was too big time.” While Kidd’s remark is undoubtedly a joke, it sparks a conversation about his coaching prowess and the budding rapport between him and Irving.

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Jason Kidd’s Early Recognition: A Scout’s Eye at a High School Event

HC Jason Kidd Reveals What Happened When He Met a Teen Kyrie Irving in High School - THE SPORTS ROOM

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The story centers around a young Kyrie Irving showcasing his skills at a Nike event. At the time, Kidd was already a seasoned veteran, nearing the peak of his career with the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets). Despite the age difference, Kidd’s keen eye for talent caught a glimpse of Irving’s potential. This anecdote highlights Kidd’s reputation as a shrewd evaluator of basketball talent, a valuable asset for any coach.

Kidd’s first stint with the Mavericks came as a player, where he spent eight seasons and was a key contributor to their 2011 NBA championship run. After a successful playing career, Kidd transitioned into coaching, and in 2021, he returned to Dallas, but this time, as the Head Coach. His tenure as the Mavericks’ head coach has been marked by both challenges and promising signs.

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Kyrie Irving’s Rise to Stardom: From High School Standout to All-Star

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Irving’s trajectory since that high school event validates Kidd’s early assessment. From high school standout to Duke standout, Irving continued to refine his skills, showcasing his elite ball-handling, scoring prowess, and clutch shot-making ability. His impressive performances at Duke solidified his status as a top NBA prospect, eventually leading him to being selected first overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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