As head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Kidd can easily say he’s enjoying one of the best jobs on earth.
But for him, even that pales in comparison to his playing days. The 10-time All-Star, 6 time All-NBA, 1995 Rookie of The Year, 2011 NBA Champion, and 9-time All-Defensive Hall-of-Fame point guard has obviously had one of the most lucrative careers of All-Time.
For a young, overseas guy like Giannis Antetokounmpo, however, that long resume may not be common knowledge.
In a chat with Sports Illustrated, Giannis went back and recalled the first time he realized just how good his coach was after Kidd benched him in a game:
“I was like, ‘Let’s see what this guy did in his career, anyway,’ ” Antetokounmpo recounts. “I saw Rookie of the Year, NBA championship, USA Olympic gold medal, second in assists, fifth in made threes, blah, blah, blah. I was like, ‘Jesus freaking Christ, how can I compete with that? I better zip it.’”
It’s not often we get to hear little stories like this from around the association. But obviously, it must have gone a long way in building the trust between Giannis and Kidd.