Frank Vogel’s former assistant coach Jason Kidd left the Los Angeles Lakers to become the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. He joined fellow former NBA stars Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins on ESPN’s The Jump to talk about his visit to Slovenia for the signing of a 5-year $207 million super max extension with Luka Doncic.
“One, [Slovenia] is a beautiful country,” Kidd recalled his visit to Luka’s homeland. “I had a lot of fun and spending time at dinner with Luka and also at the press conference. What an incredible 22-year-old. He’s wise before his years. So I’m just excited to have the opportunity to coach him.”
Kidd also touched on Slovenian national team’s, led by Doncic, success this past summer in qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics and battling for a medal. “On the world stage I think Luka has strived. I mean, he’s not as scared of the moment. This summer was incredible leading his country to the Olympics to qualify first where people didn’t think that was going to take place and then to have the opportunity to medal was unbelievable. Unfortunately, I think he just ran out a little gas there at the end.
“But he did everything. And I thought his team rose to the occasion too where he made those guys look incredibly good. I thought, again, he wasn’t scared of the moment. He steps up every time there’s something new that he faces. And again, I thought this summer he had an incredible trip to the Olympics.”