Kidd Wants Out, What's New?

Jason Kidd finally admitted what everyone knew for the past month - that the source of his migraines is actually playing for the New Jersey Nets. He's informed his team that a change of address is the cure, not popping pills.

The Nets' New Year's resolution must've been that it didn't want Miami to get all of the attention for being a star-filled, star-crossed team. They have lost nine games in a row, the longest current losing streak in the Eastern Conference. Take that, Shaq and D-Wade.

But unlike the Heat (which lost several games during its 15-game losing streak because Shaq was out with injury) and the Seattle SuperSonics (who have lost 14 in a row and are an extremely young - and terrible - team), the Nets (18-26) really don't have an excuse to be this pathetic. I know Nenad Krstic is out and they rushed him back from knee surgery. But they still have Kidd (an all-star starter), Vince Carter (a perennial all-star before this mail-it-in season) and Richard Jefferson (who has been putting up all-star numbers all season). Shouldn't that be enough to at least be a .500 team in the East?


Get me away from this guy.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

It's not like New Jersey has run into a buzz saw of a schedule. During this latest stretch of wretchedness, the Nets have lost to the Knicks at home, the Clippers (by 13 points), the Kings (by 24!?!) and the 8-win Timberwolves.

A lot of Nets fans have placed the blame on Lawrence Frank. It doesn't make a difference what Frank says to the team because Kidd feels like he's on an island and has tuned out everyone else, and nobody seems able to get Carter to play with intensity and competitive fire every night. Carter looks like he's coasting. And now that he has signed that four-year, $62-million extension last summer, what's the motivation at this point.

On Sunday, I wrote about how tough it's been for Michael Redd since coming back from Team USA, but you can tell from his body language that being around LeBron James and Kobe Bryant really left Kidd with a sour feeling coming into this season.

Kidd thought he was going to be a Laker near the trade deadline last season, but instead had to ride out another futile playoff run with the Nets. In Las Vegas last summer, I remember seeing how close James and Kidd had become, how they spent time working out with each other, even on the days off. After a win against Uruguay, when James shot 11-for-11 and scored 26 points in the first half, Carmelo Anthony joked, "I told him once he get back to Cleveland, he's going to wake up and wish he had Jason Kidd."

It seems like Kidd has really had separation anxiety. He wants to be around players who have the same desire to win that he does. Kidd's agent, Jeff Schwartz, has asked the Nets to move him by the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

Cleveland is reportedly trying to pry Kidd from New Jersey, but they really have nothing to offer. Dallas and Denver have already reportedly reached out. You already know where I think he needs to go.

I'm just hoping this situation gets resolved sooner than later. Kidd had a nice run in New Jersey, went to two NBA Finals, messed around and got some triple doubles. But Rod Thorn just needs to just get rid of him. I mean, you don't just give him away, but when your team has lost nine in a row and your superstar has been pouting for a long time, what's the point in holding on? Kidd was Thorn's signature move in New Jersey, but Kidd shouldn't be in the future plans of the Nets.

He still has some value. He might make some new teammates better since he can't do it with the guys he's currently playing with. Kidd wants to win, but he's all but given up on helping the Nets do it.

By Michael Lee |  January 29, 2008; 11:53 AM ET
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HALLLELUJAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everbody who can read: Please check out today's Washington Post Sports Section (1/29/08), second page, under "Best Reader Post."

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 12:21 PM

How funny, DCBoy88 is quoted in today's Post.

Posted by: Wizzy | January 29, 2008 12:24 PM

Not just quoted, but the infamous words "Gilby" and "Les BouleS" were used straight up also.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 12:25 PM

That does it...the Washington Post has hit a new low.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 29, 2008 12:29 PM

Vince Carter? Coasting? Really?

It literally hurts my fingers to type this....but I'd rather have Stephon Marbury on my team than Vince Carter.

Carter will never be a winner. Never. He's not the type of player you want with you in the foxhole when times are tough...and most all NBA coaches, GMs and players know this.

New Jers might as well trade him too....how about to the Clippers? The possibility Vince in LA-LA Land... I know those are dollar signs in Donald Sterling's eyes, not Ws.

Seriously, besides the Knicks (obvious), what other team in the NBA would want to give themselves Carticular Cancer?

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | January 29, 2008 12:35 PM

"That does it...the Washington Post has hit a new low.

Posted by: | January 29, 2008 12:29 PM "

Read it and weep.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 12:45 PM

It's hilarious that DC Idiot is always wailing about Gilbert wanting attention...when he is trying to do the same damn thing - and he's NOBODY!!!

Hilarious!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 29, 2008 12:53 PM

"the Nets really don't have an excuse to be this pathetic. "

You mean other than the fact that they stink? I never quite understood why so many pundits were so high on the Nets before the season started.

Posted by: kalorama | January 29, 2008 1:04 PM

how about trading gilbert for kidd. not that i'm for it, but it would make a big splash...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 29, 2008 1:16 PM

Congrats, DC-Man. I never really see people from the Wizards Insider listed on the Best Reader Post.

Posted by: lil man | January 29, 2008 1:19 PM

Thanks for working and Ice Cube line in your blog, Mike.

Posted by: Omar | January 29, 2008 1:20 PM

"It's hilarious that DC Idiot is always wailing about Gilbert wanting attention...when he is trying to do the same damn thing - and he's NOBODY!!!

Hilarious!

Posted by: | January 29, 2008 12:53 PM "

Read it and weep.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 1:22 PM

"It literally hurts my fingers to type this....but I'd rather have Stephon Marbury on my team than Vince Carter."

That's kind of like saying you'd rather have cancer in right lung than your left lung.

Posted by: kalorama | January 29, 2008 1:27 PM

This is the Wizards insider, right? Am I in the wrong place? Is there not an NBAinsider on this site, like Mark Maske's NFLinsider?
Is this too many rhetorical questions for one post?

Barno out

Posted by: barno | January 29, 2008 1:34 PM

Next thing the Post should run is _all_ the hallelujahs. A published idiot scumsucker is still an idiot scumsucker.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 29, 2008 1:37 PM

New Jers might as well trade him too....how about to the Clippers? The possibility Vince in LA-LA Land... I know those are dollar signs in Donald Sterling's eyes, not Ws.
Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | January 29, 2008 12:35 PM
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Would Vince and Tim Thomas both mail it in the same games, or would they split up the schedule?

Posted by: The Yawn Dude | January 29, 2008 1:39 PM

You know, barno. I agree. This should be the "Wizards" Insider. I like the stuff Mike writes, but it seems misplaced for the Wizards Insider. Unfortunately, the Post doesn't have an NBA Insider - which it should. It's really stupid. Just like that silly picture of Mike and Ivan. They need to be separated like Vince Carter and Jason Kidd.

Posted by: misguided bullets | January 29, 2008 1:42 PM

"Next thing the Post should run is _all_ the hallelujahs. A published idiot scumsucker is still an idiot scumsucker.

Posted by: | January 29, 2008 01:37 PM "

Read it and weep.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 1:52 PM

Obviously your post above would never be considered for Best Insider Post.

LOL!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 1:57 PM

"This is the Wizards insider, right? Am I in the wrong place? Is there not an NBAinsider on this site, like Mark Maske's NFLinsider?
Is this too many rhetorical questions for one post?"

Go away and ruin the Redskins blog you Dan Snyder kiss butt. :P

This is actually a decent blog.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 29, 2008 2:12 PM

This is actually a decent blog.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 29, 2008 02:12 PM



Yeah, except for one self-absorbed ego-maniac...with a passion for only one subject.

Posted by: Rook | January 29, 2008 2:16 PM

And, NO, Ray - that post was not directed at you...

Posted by: Rook | January 29, 2008 2:18 PM

"Yeah, except for one self-absorbed ego-maniac...with a passion for only one subject.

Posted by: Rook | January 29, 2008 02:16 PM "

Yeah, you and your stats analysis.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 2:26 PM

"And, NO, Ray - that post was not directed at you..."

Lol, I know but thanks for clarifying Rook. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 29, 2008 2:29 PM

DCman, how about quoting us what's in the paper today? I don't have a hard copy with me.

Posted by: Nick | January 29, 2008 2:37 PM

Slurp . . . Gulp . . . Oooohh, Gilbeee!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 29, 2008 3:23 PM

Seeing Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and the Nets suffer makes me very happy. They all deserve each other. Carter dogged it to get out of Toronto and I am sure Kidd was the one that pushed the Nets to get him. Kidd is a coach-killing egomaniac who got rid of a good coach (Byron Scott) for one that would let him do what he wants (Lawrence Frank).
And now the chickens are coming home to roost. I hope the woman-beating piece of slime rots up there in the Meadowlands.

Posted by: George Templeton | January 29, 2008 3:58 PM

Not just quoted, but the infamous words "Gilby" and "Les BouleS" were used straight up also.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 12:25 PM


I guess the Washington Post is not averse to insulting Gilbert and the Wizards either.

Posted by: rgz | January 29, 2008 4:42 PM

"I guess the Washington Post is not averse to insulting Gilbert and the Wizards either.

Posted by: rgz | January 29, 2008 04:42 PM "

Not as bad as Gilby insulting the fans by saying one thing and doing the opposite.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 5:32 PM

"DCman, how about quoting us what's in the paper today? I don't have a hard copy with me.

Posted by: Nick | January 29, 2008 02:37 PM "

I said that Gilby's return is going to give a shot in the arm to Les BouleS, but the team will be selling its soul to the devil because out the door will go team chemistry and defense for more points.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 5:34 PM

"I guess the Washington Post is not averse to insulting Gilbert and the Wizards either.

Posted by: rgz | January 29, 2008 04:42 PM "

BTW, nothing that the Post printed today is as bad as Tony K. in the past calling them choking dogs and Wilbon calling them cheap. Wilbon went to town when his boy MJ got kicked to the curb by Abe.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 29, 2008 5:35 PM

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