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Jason Kidd’s Inspiring Father: How Steve Kidd Influenced and Inspired the NBA Legend’s Early Years in the League

Jason Kidd’s Inspiring Father: How Steve Kidd Influenced and Inspired the NBA Legend’s Early Years in the League

Jason Kidd has finally managed to be recognized as one of the most influential head coaches of the last decade. Take Dallas in the final this yearThe Mavericks legend has a chance to make history by becoming an NBA champion both as a player and head coach.

Kidd’s rise to prominence as a coach was unanticipated but not out of the question, given his illustrious career that spanned nearly two decades. Kidd believed in his potential, a value his father, the late Steve Kidd, instilled in him.

Steve’s approach to shaping Jason’s career

As Jason’s interest in basketball grew, Steven made sure to give him the best advice and assistance needed to help shape his young career. Steve played an important role in Jason’s enrollment at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, a decision that brought unimaginable benefits to Jason’s young career.

Playing as a senior at Notre Dame, Jason averaged 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds while leading the school to back-to-back state championships.


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With Steve being African American and Jason’s mother Ann being of Irish descent, a structure of discipline existed in the Kidd household that incentivized discipline and hard work.

Shortly after graduating high school, Steve encouraged Jason to commit to UC Berkley, where the future 10-time All-Star quickly reached all-time highs. From that moment on, Jason and Steve’s father-son bond became firmer and inseparable.

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Kidd’s priceless bond with his father

Being picked second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1994 draft meant less family time and less bonding for Jason due to constant travel. But Steve, being a proud father, took it upon himself to be present at his son’s games as much as possible.

In 2021, when talking about surprising his father during matches, Jason said, “I don’t know if you all know that Trans World (Airlines) was TWA. That doesn’t exist anymore, but he was able to fly and go to a lot of games, and he was just someone who was a security blanket, someone I could always talk to.

Kidd continued: “He would criticize my games, but if you got to know my dad, he would talk to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are the team owner or you are a janitor.

Ultimately, Steve Kidd’s influence extended far beyond the basketball court. His unwavering support, unique coaching methods, and emphasis on patience made Jason Kidd the legend we remember today. Steve Kidd’s legacy will continue to live on through Jason’s triumphs and accomplishments.

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