Ex-SJND Player Takes Brooklyn to Series Win


Jason Kidd, the former-St. Joseph Notre Dame and UC Berkeley player who now coaches the Brooklyn Nets, led his team to a 104-to-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors in game 7 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Sunday’s win, according to the NBA, is the first victory in game 7 for a rookie coach in an away game during the playoffs.

Kidd played for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008.

Before he began his NBA career in 1994 with the Dallas Mavericks, he played for UC Berkeley and for St. Joseph Notre Dame High School from 1988 to 1992 for coach Frank LaPorte.

Over his playing career, Kidd was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. In 2011, he won the NBA Championship with the Mavericks. He picked up two Olympic Gold Medals with Team USA in 2000 and 2008.

The Brooklyn Nets will face the Miami Heat in the next round of the playoffs.

Janet Levaux