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Entry from January 30, 2017
“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees”

Basketball player Jason Kidd of the University of California was taken second by the Dallas Mavericks at the NBA draft on June 29, 1994. Kidd is reported to have said:

“Now that I’m here, we’ll turn this program around 360 degrees.”

Of course, that would turn something around full circle and back in the same place. “We’re going to turn this team about 360 degrees” is a popular form of the quote.


Wikipedia: Jason Kidd
Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American basketball coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Previously a point guard in the NBA, he was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.

He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner during his pro career, as part of Team USA in 2000 and 2008.

Raised in Alameda, California, Kidd played college basketball for the California Golden Bears and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft.

25 September 1994, Detroit (MI) News and Free Press, “Sunday Best” by Joe Falls, pg. 13E, col. 4:
Jason Kidd, No. 1 draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks: “Now that I’m here, we’ll turn this program around 360 degrees.”

4 October 1994, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Morning Briefing” by Thomas Bonk, pg. C2, col. 1:
Quotebook: Former Cal star Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks: “Now that I’m here, we’ll turn the program around 360 degrees.”

Google Groups: rec.sport.basketball.college
READ THIS ONE; it’s short
Mike Luetkemeier
11/1/94
How about the quote by the new brain-trust in Dallas (Jason “Hit-and-Run-Drunken-Ass-hole” Kidd) seen in SI last week about how it looks at Dallas this season, “With me on the team, I’ll change the program 360 degrees.” Can you say dope.  Good thing he left Cal early, because he would have never been able to figure out where to stand at graduation.  How did he ever pass the SAT/ACT’s?

Google Groups: rec.sport.basketball.pro
grant hill lead all-star voting? can you believe this!
Vijay Ramanujan
1/4/96
In article <17703C8D8S...@cms.cc.wayne.edu> Eric,
writes:
a lot of good stuff.
Remember, when Jason Kidd got to Dallas, he told a reporter that he wanted “to turn this team around 360 degrees.”
As stupid as that sounded at the time, it looks like it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue. He really has done it. And I won’t give him all the credit for the upturn last year. And I won’t give him all the credit for the downturn this year.

10 November 1996, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), “The Web: Another Taste of Java” by Stephen Lynch, pg. K8:
I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY SAID THAT
http://www.comedybreak.com/quotes/
“The president has kept all the promises he intended to keep,” George Stephanopolous says.
“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees,” Jason Kidd says about the Dallas Mavericks.

10 May 1997, Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), “Going in Circles,” pg. D1, col. 1:
“WE’RE GOING TO TURN THIS TEAM AROUND 360 DEGREES”—JASON KIDD, WHEN DRAFTED BY THE DALLAS MAVERICKS

Google Books
Uncle John’s Great Big Bathroom Reader
By Bathroom Readers’ Institute
Ashland, OR: Bathroom Readers’ Press
1998
Pg. ?:
“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” — Jason Kidd, on being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks

Google Books
The World’s Stupidest Athletes
By Barb Karg and Rick Sutherland
Avon MA: Adams Media
2008
Pg. 225:
“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” —Jason Kidd, 8-time NBA All-Star

Google Books
Dim Wit:
The Stupidest Quotes of All Time

By Rosemarie Jarski
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2009
Pg. 176:
We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.
Jason Kidd

Google Books
100 of the Funniest Celebrity Quotes
By Alex Trost and Vadim Kravetsky
A&V
2014
Pg. 5:
“We are going to turn this team around 360 degrees.”
Jason Kidd

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, January 30, 2017 • Permalink