On Monday afternoon, the Dallas Mavericks officially named Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd as the new general manager and head coach heading into the 2021 NBA offseason.

Harrison joins the organization as the general manager after 19 years of working as an executive with Nike. Before his nearly two decades at Nike, he played professional basketball in Belgium for seven years. He’s lauded as one of the most connected individuals in the NBA, and he brings that expertise to Dallas as the team aims for connection in the Western Conference.

“It’s a true honor to be the general manager of the Mavericks; an Iconic franchise with a rich history, not only within the NBA, but across sports,” Harrison said in a statement. “I’m grateful for this rare opportunity and want to thank Mark and the rest of the organization for putting their trust in me to move the team to the next level.”

Harrison supervised Nike’s basketball brand managers and worked closely with many Hall of Famers including Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. It’s his history in the league that draws excitement from Mark Cuban, who is looking to move this team back into the NBA elite.

“We are very excited to bring Nico Harrison to Dallas and have him join our organization,” Cuban said in the statement. “Nico brings a wealth of basketball knowledge along with both executive leadership skills. He has proven to have a unique eye for talent on and off the court. I’m looking forward to watching Nico lead the Mavs to new heights.”

The second hire of the day, Kidd, brought the same excitement from Cuban, who expects big things from the former Mavericks point guard turned head coach.

“We are excited to welcome J-Kidd and his family back to Dallas,” Cuban said in a statement. “He possesses a winning mentality that has carried him through a Hall of Fame career as a player… We are eager for him to get to work and lead our franchise and talented young players into the future.”

Kidd joins the Mavericks after serving as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers since 2019. He was part of the coaching staff that won a championship with the Lakers during the 2020 NBA season. And before that, he enjoyed stints as a head coach with the Milwaukee Bucks (2014-18) and Brooklyn Nets (2013-14).

Before coaching, Kidd helped the Mavericks win an NBA championship in 2011. He also led the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, losing both series. And he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

As a coach, Kidd holds a 183-190 coaching record. And in the playoffs, he holds a 9-15 record. He now becomes the 10th coach in franchise history. The goal for Kidd is to connect with Luka Doncic, the Mavericks superstar. He will also be tasked with maximizing the roster to help Dallas compete with the numerous super teams in the Western Conference.

But for now, he’s just excited to have the opportunity to coach a team he helped lead to an NBA championship.

“Dallas has meant so much to me as a player and I want to thank Mark Cuban for the opportunity to return as a head coach,” Kidd said in a statement. “I am excited to get to work with this young, hungry, and incredibly talented team and continue to build a winning legacy for the Mavericks organization.”

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