Kidding Around

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 4, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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It’s time to answer some more questions in regards to the Mavs. This week, we’ll be covering different angles of the offseason for the Mavs, via the questions and answers format. Again, questions can be sent via the comments section and on Twitter.

We start this batch of questions with a specific theme and that will be Jason Kidd. This week, the point guard of the championship roster of 2011 decided to call it a career after 19 seasons of NBA duty.

Dirk Nowitzki took to Twitter @swish41 to react to the news of Kidd’s retirement.

Kidd certainly means a lot of Nowitzki as the acquisition of the veteran point guard back in 2008 was instrumental in building the championship squad that won the title in improbable fashion over the Miami Heat.

With his career now over and the clock starting with his announcement as a Hall of Famer likely to be announced in five years, let’s look at five questions and answers in regards to J-Kidd.

1. Was it time for Kidd to hang them up and retire?

The way the postseason played out, it certainly appears that’s the case. With two more years left on his deal, Kidd might have felt like it was the necessary move to call it career. It’s a game, but there’s a lot of mental and physical preparation that are needed in order to survive an 82-game season. He’s smart enough to realize that it’s time to let it go. He’s still one of the smartest players in the game, but if his body can’t respond like it used to, the brainpower isn’t enough.

2. Should you hold any ill will against Kidd for the way he departed Dallas to go to New York?

I can understand if you do, especially with how it played out, but I certainly don’t hold any negative feelings for him. Like I mentioned, Kidd is one of the smartest players in the game. He saw what was going down in Dallas leading up to this past season. It certainly didn’t appear that Dallas was primed to be in the position that New York was going to be in.

Could the situation have been played out in a better fashion? Absolutely, but it’s hard to imagine many things that are executed in the perfect manner. It’s not like people are going to remember Kidd’s time in Dallas as his agreeing to stay with the Mavs only to join the Knicks as the defining moment of his career. People are going to remember him being one of the catalysts for the team’s championship in 2011.

3. Does his playoff run this year tarnish his legacy as a Hall of Famer?

This goes along the line with the previous question. I have a hard time believing people will be prisoners of the moment and suggest this run in New York killed Kidd’s career. That’s just half a year of bad basketball that comes nowhere near tarnishing a 19-year career.

The 10-time All-Star led the NBA in assists five times and finished second all-time in assists and steals behind John Stockton. He was an absolute genius when it came to controlling on offense with his passing. During his absolute peak, Kidd was an absolute beast with his ability to rebound the ball and push the ball in transition. His court vision and ability to work angles made him a triple-double beast. The 107 triple-doubles he had ranks more than anyone in the league not named Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. He’ll go down as one of the best point guards to ever play the game.

Keep in mind, he came into the league as “Ason Kidd” as people didn’t believe he could develop a jumper. He’s going out ranking third in the history of the NBA with 1,988 3-pointers made. Think about that.

4. What is the next step for him?

I think it would take some time and practice, but I think Kidd could actually do well working in TV. It will likely be a natural transition to move into coaching in some form or fashion. That position and the role of an adviser in the front office make a lot of sense for him. The adviser role makes even more sense for Kidd. He can use his basketball brain when he’s needed, but he can spend most of his time on a golf course. That’s not a bad gig if you can find it.

Will he make an immediate move or enjoy the non-NBA life for a year? I doubt he actually takes a break. He’ll need something to do. It’ll just be interesting to see what he actually decides to do.

5. Should his number be in the rafters at the American Airlines Center?

That’s going to be one of the more intriguing things to keep track of, especially considering Mark Cuban’s comments about him last season. On KESN-FM in August, Cuban said this after being asked if he thought Kidd would have his jersey retired. “J. Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants,” Cuban said. “But you don’t change your mind like that. That was … yeah. I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J. Kidd’s number in the rafters.”

Cuban was clearly bitter about the departure. Kidd tried to call Cuban to let him know his decision, but Cuban didn’t take the call because he was in Washington, D.C. museum with his family.

You would have to think that Cuban eventually cools off and lets Kidd’s jersey hang in the rafters. Cuban also has some residual work to do by taking care of Derek Harper and his No. 12. Cuban did comment recently that he’s thinking about doing something along the lines of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. That way, he can do something special and unique for those who won’t necessarily have their jersey hanging in the rafters. That said, both Harper and Kidd need their jerseys hanging in the American Airlines Center.

Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He also attended Ball So Hard University, studying ideologies of Clark Kent. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.