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

by July 13, 2012

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.’”