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Debunked: Jason Kidd Apparently Really, Really Loves Water Slides (Update)

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Update: Aug. 13, 2:00pm CT. Hatchette Books, the publisher of the book ‘Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP, has reached out to OutKick to debunk the except claiming Jason Kidd has a fascination with Water Parks. The excerpt was an internet myth created on Twitter and does not appear in the book.

There’s no kink shaming here, but it sounds like Jason Kidd really loves to get wet and wild.

The player-turned-coach has seen his share of embarrassing headlines. Now the new head coach of the Dallas Mavericks is re-entering the spotlight after new stories are emerging about his tenure as a coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. The tales can be found in a new biography about NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo entitled Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP.

In his book, the Greek Freak recounts a number of high and lows in the 2017-2018 season, mostly due to Jason Kidd’s decisions and derisions. Kidd reportedly forced his players to miss their Christmas festivities over a loss to the Hornets.

He’s also reportedly obsessed with water parks and slides.

Whether it’s the mood set by the smell of Coppertone or the sight of bucket hats and uneven tan lines, there’s something about being at a water park that puts Coach Kidd in his element. He simply can’t get enough, to quote the great Dave Gahan.

Kidd is even described as a frequent patron of the water park food courts. “Kidd had an unhealthy obsession with water parks and would eat lunch at Pelican Cove Water park 4 days a week,” said former player Tyler Zeller. “It’s not that I don’t enjoy water parks, but when someone is screaming at you to be his human inner tube for every ride in the park, you start to wonder what this has to do with basketball.”

Bucks forward Khris Middleton thought Coach Kidd’s water park infatuation was a plot to get at single moms. Turns out, his heart was actually pursuing something 50-feet tall, made out of plastic, shaped like a screw and capable of sending him into a vortex of aquatic thrills. He really was just there for the slides.

The most amusing excerpt from the story shares a moment when Kidd’s team was down against the Chicago Bulls in crunch time. Preparing his team for their next play, the coach turned his white board around and scribbled some lines and figures which ended up forming an artistic rending of a water park slide. The coach then asked his exhausted team: “Wouldn’t this be a great water slide?”

No word on who won the game.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

Twitter: @AlejandroAveela

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