Jason Kidd made NBA history with Brooklyn’s playoff win

May 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

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On Sunday, Jason Kidd became the first rookie coach in NBA history to win a Game 7 on the road.

The stat, courtesy the Elias Sport Bureau, is impressive. But there are so many qualifiers involved. Rookie head coach. Game 7. On the road. With all the filters, this could be one of those “best batting average in interleague day games against left-handed pitchers” that we hear so often in baseball. How meaningful is it, really? Rookie head coaches don’t figure to make the playoffs very often, let alone all the way to a Game 7. How many could have possibly been put in the same scenario? A handful, maybe? Five, tops?

Would you believe Kidd is the 19th (!) rookie head coach to play a Game 7 on the road? The others were 0-18.Image

In other words, this stat is like Ron Burgundy: A pretty big deal (even though it glosses over how Brooklyn tried everything in its power to blow Game 7). If Kidd had been the first of, say, four coaches to do this, he’d still be the first and that’d be great. But to break an 0-18 streak is historic.

If Kidd is a playoff trailblazer, this whole “not wearing a tie” thing might catch on.

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