Jason Kidd Gives His Players Written Tests Before Games

Bucks coach Jason Kidd gives his players written exams on game days, according to a new Grantland profile of the first-year Milwaukee coach.

Per Zach Lowe:

Kidd gives his players a written test every game day, a trick he picked up from Rick Carlisle and Terry Stotts in Dallas, he says. The tests ask about strategy and basketball history — everything from diagramming a particular set to naming the first coach of the Miami Heat. The coaching staff grades each one and keeps a running tally of player scores through the season.

“I’m not gonna lie,” Antetokounmpo says. “Sometimes I cheat and ask the older guys.”

Kidd hopes the players cheat. He noticed in Dallas how the tests got young guys talking about strategy, and he wants to foster the same kind of dialogue among Milwaukee’s players. Kidd is sometimes unsure the young foreign-born players understand instructions in English, and the discussion gives them another way to absorb coaching, he says.

The Bucks are already four wins shy of last year’s win total so perhaps the studying is paying off.

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