As the rotten fruit falls to the ground, it wasn’t Newton’s law of gravity that defines it. Sometimes it’s all about letting go – Don’t let go too soon but don’t hold on too long either.
With barely two months, Jason Kidd will be celebrating his 40th birthday. 19 long seasons and Kidd is still pushing himself to play until his body permits him to. Many find this mind boggling considering he already got one championship ring in his finger. Not many forty-year-old players stay for too long once they won their championship. Kidd is a two step slower than he was before. Derrek Rose and Russel Westbrook could run him over with killer crossovers. However, Kidd is focused on what he wants to achieve… – he wants to educate all the future point guards in the NBA on what it is to be a true point guard.
In fact, a pass-first point guard is already a rarity right now, and Kidd wants everybody to know that letting your teammates feel good and getting them involve could win you not only games or championships but respect as well. His extra ordinary peripheral vision gave him a different advantage – seeing the game a step higher than everybody.
Right now, the New York Knicks stands on top of the Atlantic division, and just a game below Miami as the number-one team in the East. With a roster built more on aging veterans, Jason Kidd knows that Carmelo Anthony needs all the help he can to get them back into the playoffs. He had done it with Dirk Nowitzki way back two seasons ago and maybe now he could still do it at forty.
A championship is still farfetched right now; The Knicks needs to be consistent day in and day out and Jason had the sense of responsibility in putting up the team together.
There is no rotten fruit in Jason Kidd’s vocabulary, with his gift of vision he just knows when it’s time to let go – not too soon and not too long.