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Jason Kidd the dunker & baseball player | Throws 1st pitch at Yankees game

Published on June 20th, 2013 by Astramskas, David | 2,665 views

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New Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd, accompanied by his youngest son Chance, threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night at the NY Yankees and LA Dodgers game.  What many people don’t know is that Kidd, as a high school kid, was actually a pretty good baseball player and University of Cal wanted him to play baseball as well as basketball.

“They knew how much I loved to play the game,” said Kidd, who played outfield in high school. “But some of the advisers (said) if you get hit, then it’s not going to help. So I took their advice. I don’t know if I was good enough to make the team, but I worked out with the guys and it was a lot of fun.”

Besides his diamond skills, another thing Cal witnessed while recruiting Kidd was a lot of dunking.  Dunking is something most NBA fans that weren’t around for “The 3 Js” years in Dallas won’t remember from Kidd. Below are a few rare clips of Kidd dunking in high school and then a clip of Jason blowing past Clyde Drexler with a crossover and dunking with the left hand. 

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