If a player made a mistake during practice, Kidd would make every other player run sprints while the player who made the error had to watch from the sidelines.
Physical punishment would be instilled on the team to motivate players to hold each other accountable. In contrast, psychological punishment would be instilled in individual players to develop a more urgent mental focus.
When former Bucks center Thon Maker, who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in January, produced an error in the team’s group chat by using an Android instead of an iPhone, Kidd used this method because he ruined the team’s “blue-bubble iPhone group chat.”
“Kidd was upset about it and made the team run because Kidd felt that Maker not getting an iPhone was an example of the team not being united,” the book’s excerpt read, in part, according to the outlet.
During Kidd’s four-year career in Milwaukee, the Bucks finished 139-152 and never moved past the first round of the playoffs before he was let go halfway through the 2017-18 season.
Kidd spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers before becoming the next head coach of the Dallas Mavericks on June 28.
Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP will be released on August 10, 2021.