Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 11:30 am  |  23 responses

Jason Kidd Only Cares About Playing the Last Six Minutes of Games for the Knicks

Jason Kidd has been signed by the New York Knicks, mainly to show Jeremy Lin the ropes. Kidd, however, insists that all that matters to him is being on the court at crunchtime. Per Newsday: “I would love to start,’ Kidd said at the Knicks’ practice facility during his introductory news conference with Marcus Camby. ‘I mean, my job is to make Jeremy better at practice and stuff like that. But at the end of the day, it’s about six minutes. That’s what I’ve learned. If I’ve learned anything in the last 18 years, it’s the last six minutes of any NBA game, down 15 or up 15, you can still win or lose. So that’s the best part of the game.’ Kidd, 39, has watched Lin’s game from afar and believes there’s plenty of advice he can give, particularly with regard to tempo. Making sure Lin is constantly playing at the right pace, in Kidd’s eyes, is paramount in his development. ‘He just plays at one gear and it’s a very high gear,’ Kidd said. ‘We’ll sit down and talk about trying to find that fourth and third gear so that he has the energy to finish ballgames. We want him to play the whole season. At just one gear, it’s hard to play 82 games.’”

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Any team that is starting a one hand bandit, who clearly is turnover prone over a proven veteran who can pass better, shoot better and set up teammates better. I am officially off thinking the Knicks will do anything this year. The Knicks are starting a player who was cut from two teams and the Houston Rockets are laughing right now, because they set the Knicks up. Lin is a shooting guard, who has no shot, that does not handle on ball pressure well. I used to think Tim Tebow was the most over-hyped athlete in sports, its Lin by a mile now.

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  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Stop hating on the Knicks.

  • http://whut Ugh

    It’s so easy, though.

  • justin05

    I agree 100% with the Seed. I guess his name was so marketable that they had to blow him up. It’s easier to get 10 or more assists when you turn the ball ovr 7-8 imes a game.

  • heyheyhey

    ^ easier to get 10 or more assists when you turn the ball over???????? that does not even make sense, turnovers mean you get back on defense reducing the time you are on offense.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Really justin?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i think he meant it’s easier to put up numbers when u play lot of minutes and have some what of a green light. didn’t come out well justin

  • franko

    How about Pablo Prigioni, from Argentina. Manu and Scola teamate!
    Remember that name.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    If so spit then never mind my comment justin.

  • kauhl

    Prigioni is old, slow and boring as hell. He’ll be a third string PG in the NBA, tops. Sorry.

  • patrick

    Misleading title imo. Kidd doesn’t state that he only cares about playing the last 6 mins of the games at all. He literally just said it was the “best part of the game”.

  • http://slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Reremy rinn number one

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    This is the same Jason Kidd who undermined Byron Scott with the Nets. It was a pure punk move yet Kidd got a pass. Why hasn’t he been blackballed from the league by now?

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    Kauhl you just need to brace yourself for Pabsanity. The oldest rookie in nba history surely?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lin 34 mins. Kidd 20 mins. Play them together occasionally so Lin can learn from Jason on the court in games too. Lin has some obvious skills. Question is, can he sustain an NBA season? That is the only question with the kid.
    Oh and can he cut his TO’s to below 5 a game lol…

  • pposse

    Jason Kidd sounds like a rookie and not an experience vet. and why is everyone on Jeremy Linn bandwagon? How many games did this guy do well in last season, 15??

  • pposse

    Linns cross over is weak, chalmers was picking his pocket left and right. Linn will look good against older pg’s because he is smart himself and knows what the veteran pg’s are trying to do and can anticipate their moves before reacting either offensively or defensively. With all that being said, he really has NO advantage over any young pg in the game..you can argue that he is smart, but all pg’s in the leage are smart at this point. I’m callling it right now, Linn will look amazing when competing against older pg’s/ teams and will look mediocre (at best) and perhaps even bummy against the younger pg’s in the game.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    He’s skilled. It’s like either people hate or love this kid. As usual I find myself in between. He’s not a “bona fide starter.” He might be. It’s unseen now how good he will be. Lets give him a chance though.

  • bike

    He’s the type of player that probably should be played intermitently to shake up the opposing defense. He’s still too easy to read and no match for a strong, athletic defender.

  • Jeremy lin

    half of you cant even play basketball

  • mugiwara

    blocked d rose pretty nasty that one time, i liked that.

  • Confused-say!

    Lin can play. Kidd is a great addition for Lin. Lin played really well in about 20 of his 35 games for the knicks and had 3.5 TO per game. There were games where he had a lot of turnovers but in some of those games he played his best in other aspects. I know this forum is just a bunch of dudes who think they know what they are talking about but you guys are so premature with your opinions. You are all trying to play basketball Nostradamus (which is fine), if you know what you are talking about but you say ish like “Oh and can he cut his TO’s to below 5 a game lol…”, you dont think those high turnover games had anything to do with playing nearly 40 mins with the ball in your hand on a team with questionable chemistry in terms of players and especially coach. Why dont you talk about his effort for those games and his attitude? Instead of bringing up something like his turnovers per game which can be undermined so easily if you look at the situation the Knicks were in at the time. Sorry to get so serious on ya’ll but I just wish people had a better attitude about players who have the potential to play great basketball.