The old captain sails the all so familiar seas… for 17 years Jason Kidd has been sailing the grueling waves in the NBA.
At 38, it seems his career has already seen the finish line, the final destination as he puts his anchor down as it settles in the seabed forever… It has been quite a ride so far but the journey has not ended yet.
For Kidd’s career, everything now depends on these last four games as the Dallas Mavericks clinched the Western conference finals last Wednesday, to get back to the NBA finals. This would be Kidd’s one last push for glory and one final wave to conquer.
The old captain will be sailing his team again to another championship round. He had been there before, but it never came closed. The Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs swept them in all four games for two consecutive years…He had done so much to stir the New Jersey Nets into a championship contender, but he could only do as much. He was the last man standing; the captain never abandons his ship, as he took all the blame and criticism for himself.
With tired legs, like an engine that had used up all its mileage, Jason Kidd keeps on pushing, hoping to get that one last chance of redemption. He never thought that this happenstance could happen in the twilight of his career. On the team that he first started way back in 1994 when Dallas drafted him as their second overall pick. Back to his first ship… his first voyage.
This time it’s something special. This team is different from any other…Sharing the same dedication and the same frustration that have bound them and made them different. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry shared the same frustration when they were denied by Miami in the 2006 NBA finals. Shawn Marion had two Western conference finals appearance but failed to move on to the next level. Tyson Chandler, Peja Stojakovic and Coach Rick Carlisle also have their own share of losing. This is what made them stronger more determined and focus.
The old captain sails the all so familiar seas… It’s not his team or his ship anymore but his determined more than ever. He is confident they will make it this time with his team sailing on the same direction. Back into the finals, back into the promise land that has been elusive all this time.
The Ship needs to land.