Mavericks coach abandons press conference after spat with reporter

November 30, 2023 4:45 am

[Source: Reuters]

Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd cut his press conference short after criticising the media for being negative about the team following their hard-fought victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

The Mavericks turned around a nine-point deficit during the second half with the duo of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving playing crucial roles in the 121-115 win, both scoring 41 and 27 points respectively.

“I think maybe some things that you guys thought should have happened from day one, is that they should be successful right off the bat. But it takes time,” said Kidd, who is in his third season with Dallas, said.

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“It’s not a bad thing to fail for an athlete, because you can get better and learn from it. And those two (Doncic and Irving) are the best in the world. And we feel very comfortable when those two have the ball.

“Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn’t. But we learn from it… They’re one of the best, if not the best in crunch time.”

Kidd called out the media for the lack of coverage on the Mavericks’ success this season, as they sit third in the Western Conference with 11 wins, compared to their struggles last campaign when they finished 11th.

“You guys wanted to make a big deal about last year, but you’re not making a big deal about it this year because shit’s going good, right? So write some positive shit,” he said.