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?
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.
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