NBA Coach Punished His Whole Team Because One Of The Players Had An Android Phone
Jason Kidd, the Hall of Famer and retired basketball player who is now the new head coach for the Dallas Mavericks punished a player for using an Android phone in the team’s group chat.
As a coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, Kidd was known for being tough on his team and took their group chats with stern seriousness. Kidd was triggered when ex-Bucks center Thon Maker sent a message to the team’s group chat using an Android phone instead of an iPhone, which caused the chat to turn green.
It is called “green bubble shaming” and it is the action of iPhone users shaming or even rejecting those who use Android devices in iMessage chatrooms.
According to Mirin Fader, the writer of Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP, Kidd had no love for Android users.
An excerpt from the book reads:
“At one point center Thon Maker didn’t have an iPhone, messing up 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.”
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In addition, Fader writes that Kidd would punish the whole team if even one player made an error.
During training, if a member made a mistake, Kidd would force everyone to run sprints while the person who made the mistake watched on from the bench.
If Kidd makes it to the All-Star break in Dallas, I'll be shocked.https://t.co/DqEM1nlfoK
— Austin Facer (@austinfacer) July 29, 2021
By using both physical and psychological tactics, Kidd would get his team to act the way he wanted them to.
He is said to believe that his punishments would inspire the team to hold each other accountable. In addition, he hoped that his tough attitude would give the player who made a mistake a deeper sense of mental focus, according to the Insider.
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