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NBA News: Kidd comes Full Circle











Jason Kidd has been chasing it for 17 years, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. The NBA title has been so elusive for a player who is destined to be in the Hall of Fame and considered one of the best point guards in the game. The ironic thing about this is that Kidd won the championship where he started his NBA career. In this day and age of free agency and the tolerance of winning between players and organizations it is a rarity that guys actually finish where they started, much less win a championship there......Kidd was drafted 2nd overall by the Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft. He led the league in triple-doubles and looked like he was on his way to getting the Mavs to be perennial contenders playing alongside Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn. Due to in house fighting that potentially great triad broke up. In 1996 Kidd was traded to the Phoenix Suns leading them to the playoffs each of the five years he was there. Then 2001 saw Kidd being traded to the New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury. For the next two seasons Kidd had his best overall production and factored heavily in leading the Nets to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals. Unfortunately it wasn't enough against Shaquille O' Neal and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and the following season against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.

Things began to change for Kidd after having micro-fracture surgery to repair his knee in 2004. Along with newly required Vince Carter, Kidd recovered to help lead the Nets to the 8th and final playoff spot to only get knocked out in the first round by the Miami Heat. Kidd continued to notch triple-doubles and get named for All-star teams but was unable to lead the Nets back to the NBA finals like he did in his first two seasons with them. When 2008 came around, with his stock very high, Kidd was rumored to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with several other teams but the deal with L.A. fell through because the Lakers didn't want to part with a young Andrew Bynum. Makes you wonder how things would of turned out if that deal actually happened..........Soon after the Nets traded Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks in a multi-player deal sending him back to where it all started for him. With his contract up in 2009 and being heavily pursued by many teams, Kidd opted to resign with the Mavericks.

Kidd earned the distinction as being one of the best point guards in the league. Kidd's name is always mentioned among his peers in the NBA as the point-guard they would prefer to play with. Whether its All-star games or his participation in USA Basketball his skill set made him very popular and accommodating to play with. Five gold medals and leading his teams to a 56-0 record in exhibition games and qualifying tournaments, I would want Kidd running my team too. If Kidd decides to hang it up tomorrow no one would fault him for it, going out on top is the best way to end a championship run, especially when it seemed like in Kidd's case he has been chasing it forever. With his impressive statistical resume he is a definite for the Hall of Fame, that is no question. If anyone on that panel votes no, they should be thrown off and banned forever. Kidd who is 38 years old, plus 17 years of wear and tear in the NBA could hang it up but who is to say he would pass up another opportunity for another chip. Two is better then one.....nuff said

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