For Mavericks coach Jason Kidd, college graduation means gold, championship
In 1994, Jason Kidd left California Berkeley after his second season and was drafted No. 2 overall by the Mavericks.
Last month, at 48, Kidd quietly graduated from the University of Phoenix in English. In August, Kidd said The morning news from Dallas that he was about to complete his last online course.
Kidd said he received his diploma in the mail, immediately framed it and posted it in his home office.
“It’s something that will be up there [in importance] with the gold medals and the championship, ”said Kidd, who won Olympic gold medals with Team USA in 2000 and 2008 and won the 2011 NBA championship as the starting point guard for the Mavericks.
Kidd said he was inspired in part by a University of Phoenix commercial featuring former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Kidd said he recently thanked Fitzgerald. Kidd said he was lucky that he was able to complete a large chunk of his classes while being an assistant coach for the Lakers.
“I want to thank the University of Phoenix for being able to help me achieve this goal,” Kidd said, adding with a laugh, “Home school is tough when you have kids.”
Kidd had previously been a head coach in Brooklyn and Milwaukee, so clearly a college degree is not a prerequisite to being a head coach in the NBA. So why was Kidd so important?
“When you talk to our younger generation and talk about the importance of education, questions started to arise about ‘Did you graduate? I must have shaken this question off several times. Now I don’t have to avoid this question.
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