Larry Sanders recalls Jason Kidd mistreatment in new book

A new book has raised questions on Jason Kidd’s teaching model and whether or not he abused his place of energy in Milwaukee, the place he served as head coach between 2014-18.

Mirin Fader’s newly released biography, “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an MVP,” consists of first-hand accounts from former gamers and colleagues of Kidd’s detailing an alleged harsh therapy of gamers — together with former Bucks huge man Larry Sanders.

“I don’t think he’s a bad person, but mentally, he kinda, like, brain f–ked me a little,” Sanders stated in the book. “It was a lot of, ‘I love you,’ kiss you on the cheek, now it’s all about the money, who cares about your mental health, your body breaking down.”

The book says Kidd referred to as Sanders “pathetic,” “a terrible player” and a “piece of s–t,” and sometimes played mind games with players. One former participant described Kidd’s therapy as “psychological warfare.”

Sanders described one particular three-hour observe on Christmas Eve underneath Kidd that resulted in him being hospitalized. Some of the coach’s drills that day, in keeping with the book, included extreme operating “like a college team,” weight-lifting and pool workouts.

“I had a full-body convulsion. My body broke down. Physically I couldn’t take it, and mentally I really couldn’t take it,” Sanders stated of that day. The staff initially had been scheduled for 2 days off and weren’t going to play on Christmas.

After cramping from head-to-toe, Sanders requested to be excused to the lavatory, to which Kidd stated, “Oh don’t worry, we’ll wait then run some more.”

Sanders left observe that day and drove himself to the hospital, the place he stayed in a single day. He would by no means go well with as much as play with the Bucks once more.

Larry Sanders
After having to be hospitalized due to Kidd’s aggressive observe, Larry Sanders by no means performed for the Bucks once more.

The 32-year-old took time away from the sport, and later returned in 2017, enjoying 5 video games for the Cavaliers.

“I’m happy,” Sanders stated in the book. “I’m in a much better place now. I’m sorry it had to go out the way it did.”

The Bucks fired Kidd in 2018, following practically 4 years of subpar seasons as head coach, the place he posted a 139-152 report. Before his Milwaukee tenure, the Nets nice and Basketball Hall of Famer was Brooklyn’s head coach for the 2013-14 season.

Kidd finalized a deal in June to develop into head coach in Dallas, after he served as an assistant with the Lakers and gained an NBA title with Los Angeles in 2020.

Since the book’s Aug. 10 launch, followers and even energetic gamers have shared obtrusive opinions and reactions on social media.

NBA ahead Jared Dudley — who performed underneath Kidd’s Bucks in 2014-15, and gained a championship with the Lakers in 2020, whereas Kidd was an assistant — took to Twitter to defend Kidd.

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Jason Kidd
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“Jason Kidd was a great coach in Milwaukee. The man single handedly change the culture,” Dudley tweeted. “One of the biggest turn arounds from one year to the next in NBA history. I personally saw what he did for [Kris] Middleton and Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. He laid the foundation for them winning the chip this year.”

Kidd has not publicly responded to the book.

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