Jason Kidd is a professional basketball coach and former player. Kidd played college basketball for the California Golden Bears and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft. He was named co-NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Mavericks, along with Grant Hill.
Then, from 1996 to 2001, Kidd played for the Phoenix Suns and later for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. He led the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. In the middle of the 2007–08 season, Kidd was traded back to Dallas. At age 38, Kidd won his only NBA championship when Dallas defeated Miami in the 2011 finals. Playing point guard, Kidd was a 10-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. He was a two-time gold medal winner in the Olympics with the U.S. national team in 2000 and 2008. He finished his playing career in 2013 with the New York Knicks. He coached the Bucks for four seasons until 2018.
Kidd is known as one of the games greatest, flashiest passers and ball handlers. He was inducted as a player into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. As of 2021, Kidd is an assistant coach for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.