Jason Kidd’s Playing Time with Dallas Mavericks Must Be Reduced

January 21st, 2012 by Jeremy Chen Leave a reply »
Jason Kidd, the future Hall-of-Fame point guard, is in the record books as the second all-time leader in assists and third all-time leader in three-pointers, steals and triple doubles.

After enduring 16 fruitless seasons, Kidd finally hoisted the elusive championship trophy last June with the Dallas Mavericks.

As the modern-day torchbearer of Magic Johnson’s and Oscar Robertson’s legacies of do-it-all guards, Kidd emits an aura of respect that few players and fans can ignore.

It’s difficult to argue against his contributions—not only to the Mavs’ championship run last year, but also to the league as a whole in the past decade and a half.

Unfortunately, those same contributions make it hard for Mavericks fans, and perhaps coach Rick Carlisle, to concede that it’s time to relegate Kidd to the bench.

Earlier this month, I wrote a piece regarding the floor general's value to the Mavericks squad, despite his age. Carlisle continues to trust Kidd for his defensive vigor, his calm demeanor and his demand for accountability from his fellow Mavericks.

The beauty is that Kidd can continu ...

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