After a humiliating exit against Golden State Warriors last year the no.1 seed Dallas was desperate and needed a wily court general who could help them. Jason Kidd at 35 needed a change and wanted to be traded…Dallas quickly capitalized Kidd’s disgruntled emotion and offered New Jersey Nets an upcoming fast and young point guard in Devin Harris with two future 1st round picks. All thought the trade was an exclamation point on Dallas search for glory but after two blow out games in the 1st round playoffs against New Orleans Hornets…Dallas is now slowly aching in regret as they traded a future solid point guard for a moment’s glory…
I love Jason Kidd and he have been a solid all around player all his career but with Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Tony Parker emerging as the young superstar point guards in the West Kidd has to play catch with all of them. Devin Harris has the speed and size to match up against these perennial point guards and has a scorer’s mentality.
Kidd in their match-up against the Hornets was challenged to be more of a scorer rather than his bread and butter game and proved to be effective as the Hornets cruises their way to victory.
Dallas will be playing at home in game 3 and with a 0-2 disadvantage Kidd has a big monkey to carry on his back. He has to play under pressure as expectations are getting bigger at home. Kidd’s former coach Byron Scott remembered how Kidd wanted him out of New Jersey and the hapless coach went on packing…This series is not just for the Larry O’Brien cup this is for redemption as Chris Paul doing damage for Byron Scott.
Dallas will have to face back to back first round disappointment as New Orleans tries to make it into a sweep. Kidd with all the pressure surrounding him and with a few more games left and with all his accolades and triple double performance Kidd could still perform miracles…but he has to face a bigger mountain in Chris Paul.