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NBA coach once punished whole team because one player had an Android phone

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  • NBA manager Jason Kidd once said a green bubble put a Milwaukee Bucks player to shame.
  • Not only did he rebuke players for using Android phones, he got the whole team running in response.
  • Kidd felt the players made the team less cohesive unless they were using an iPhone.

I’ve written about it a few times. iPhone vs Android Controversy And how it feels to have executed the process. I also called “green bubble shame,” when an iPhone user criticizes or rejects a friend who uses an Android device in an iMessage chat.

I’d like to say we’ve reached a point where this kind of thing is no longer a problem, but stories keep popping up to remind us that we’re not done yet. For example, in the world of professional basketball there are interesting stories about Android hate. Pawn Arena).

NBA coach Jason Kidd is now in the Dallas Mavericks, but he used to lead the Milwaukee Bucks. According to an excerpt from New non-fiction book about the NBA, Kidd once put a green bubble to shame players in the Bucks. Kidd was upset that Bucks player Thon Maker was using an Android device. His presence within the team’s iMessage group chat turned the chat green, and Kidd felt it hurt team morale.

Here is an excerpt:

At one time, Thon Maker didn’t have an iPhone, so the team’s blue bubble iPhone group chat was a mess. Kidd thought that Maker’s failure to receive an iPhone was an example of an unintegrated team, so he got angry and ran the team.

It appears that Kid not only got angry with Maker, but punished the entire team in response. I don’t know how much insulting a teammate’s phone choice helps a team unity, but I don’t coach in the NBA.

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