New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd can see similarities between former Dallas Mavericks teammate Dirk Nowitzki and new Knicks teammate, Carmelo Anthony. While Kidd was originally brought to New York to mentor Jeremy Lin his real purpose all along was to help the Knicks capture their first title since 1973. Kidd hopes he can help Anthony, like he did Nowitzki, get over the championship hump.
Jason Kidd seemed like he was either going to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks or re-join the Nets. However, after the Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn and used up the money they would have used to bring Kidd in to backup Deron Williams it seemed a show in Kidd would return to Dallas. In fact, Kidd had a verbal agreement to return to Dallas.
However, he had a last second change of mind and decided to sign with the New York Knicks. Now he's hoping he can help bring a championship back to Madison Square Garden and help Carmelo Anthony reach Dirk Nowitzki's level of stardom.
Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com reports that Kidd not only see's a star in Anthony but that Anthony knows how valuable the addition of Kidd could be for his career.
“Oh, yes, very similar, very talented,” Kidd said. “Demand a lot of attention, so hopefully what I’ve helped with Dirk and Dirk is now one of the top players in this league, hopefully I can do the same with Melo.”
“I mean, for me, I want to stay in Jason’s ear,” Anthony said. “Him and Raymond [Felton], just trying to make the game easier for myself out there on the basketball court.
“We talk every day, just little points, what he sees and what I see and just trying to get on the same page.”
“I think everybody already knows what he brings to the team,” Anthony said of Kidd. “His game, how smart he is out there on the basketball court. His knowledge of the game and he can help everybody and he’s been doing that.”
Kidd has experienced a sensational career. He's one of the greatest point guards to ever grace the NBA with his presence. During his career he made three NBA appearances. He led the New Jersey Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 and finally won as a member of the Mavericks in 2011. The Knicks are seeking the franchise’s first title since 1973. It's safe to say the Knicks can learn from Kidd's championship knowledge.
Kidd is in third place all-time for regular season triple-doubles in the NBA history. He has a career total of 107 total. He is second in playoffs triple-doubles with a career total of 11. While he isn't a triple-double threat at this point in his career Kidd still has plenty of knowledge he can share.
Clearly you don't record that many triple-doubles or lead teams to that many NBA Final's appearances without gaining a lot of knowledge. That is why Kidd is worth his contract for the New York Knicks.
Kidd is here to help Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire reach a new level of play. Felton has the chance to learn the point guard position and take his play further under the guidance of one of the greatest of all-time.
Shumpert gets to learn the tricks of the trade from a guy skilled enough to play shooting guard as well and play outstanding defense since joining the NBA in 1994. Anthony has the chance to learn when and where to be selfish, what angles to take, how and where to cut and so much more from a player who knows how to make others better. Stoudemire gets to play with another veteran point guard who can shoot and pass with the best of them and can run the pick-and-roll as well as Steve Nash.
Kidd may not be the player he once was but he's no slouch even at his advanced age. He is probably the single most skilled backup point guard in the NBA. What he brings to the Knicks on the court is a veteran with enough skill to be and elite backup and start when needed. Off the court he brings with him a nearly endless knowledge of how to play. Kidd will act as a player-coach for New York. Hopefully he can help Anthony's play to a higher level and most importantly help deliver a championship to the Knicks and the fans of Madison Square Garden.
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