Beef: Jason Kidd vs. Jim Jackson September 9, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, Beef, NBA, Sports.
In the first edition of Beef, we go way back to the early 90’s when the Dallas Mavericks had three young stars that were destined to do great things together. Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn, and Jim Jackson were faces of the future for the Mavs and the NBA. Kidd was the run and gun point guard with great vision and a knack for hitting the open man. Mashburn was the smooth forward that seemed to do everything well and Jackson provided the deadly shooting from the perimeter and 3-point range. Unfortunately, two of the “Three J’s” just couldn’t get along and soon had Beef.
The rift between Jason Kidd and Jim Jackson became a well publized beef in the media. Kidd and Jackson never seemed to mesh well on the court, but many think that the beef may have started off the court. Kidd and Jackson were rumored to have been dating singer Toni Braxton at the same time. The story goes that Braxton came to a hotel that the Mavericks were staying at to pick up Kidd for a date, but left with Jackson. Something like this could very well cause beef between teammates that never really got along in the first place.
While both Kidd and Jackson denied the whole ordeal, Braxton kept the rumors circulating, as she never really denied or confirmed the rumors. Kidd would later demand a trade in an attempt to get away from Jackson and was shipped out to Phoenix. Jackson would also leave Dallas, but would later become a journeyman in the NBA.
Was the Toni Braxton ordeal the real source of the problem between Jason Kidd and Jim Jackson, or did they simply just not like each other? We may never know, but one thing is for sure… Jason Kidd and Jim Jackson had BEEF.