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The average NBA player retires at the age of 36-37. They usually start at the age of 21-22 and have had high school and 1-2 years in College Hoops experience. Therefore, the usual Basketball shelf life of an average NBA player is 20 years.
There are, however, a few exceptions. As they are not really considered “normal” or average. Kevin Willis plays till now, but they are not significant minutes anymore.
The talk is about Jason Kidd. Drafted in 1994 as the #2 over-all next only to Glen “big dog” Robinson by the Mavericks. He was age 21 then. After mesmerizing everyone with his triple doubles, Kidd has cemented his name on the future Hall of Fame. He was technically league MVP in 2003 when he transformed the cellar-dwelling NJ Nets to the NBA Finals in back-to-back seasons.
Now at age 34, Kidd has displayed awesome abilities to STILL perform at the highest level. Not to mention that being PG is the most draining job of all, he and fellow future Hall of Famer Steve Nash seem to defy the Laws of Aging. As he has averaged a triple double in this year’s play-offs, he has shown there is much left from this guy. A hundred injuries and a divorce later, Jason Kidd is still the best PG in the NBA today. Pardon me Steve, you are a very close 2nd.
As early as this summer, the NJ Nets are bound to be disbanded. Vince Carter is likely to go to the Knicks or the Magic and Kidd, who has a 19M price tag is likely to be moved as well. Much to every fan’s dismay, a ring is highly unlikely. There will be a good 2 years left until we see the last of Jason Kidd.
Meanwhile, in Hollywood, an uprising has just been staged.
His name – General Kobe Bryant.
Deputy – Capt. Lamar Odom
Deputy – Lt. Col. Luke Walton
Militrary Adviser – Phil Jackson
Secretary of Defense – Kurt Rambis
Specialized Offense Tactician – Tex Winter
His cause – to win now more than ever or he will be bolting the team. Sounds like a reality check for management.
The Villain – Commander Mitch Kupchak and Crown Prince Jim Buss
The Kingdom – El Segundo, LA, California.
The Army – Los Angeles Lakers
Plot: Kobe demands another general to orchestrate the plan. He call for Gen. Jason Kidd to play side-by-side along with the deputies to salvage the team’s present demise. He calls Commander Kupchak a useless POS that does not secure enough ammunition to their army. Jimmy Buss is relying on Neophite Bazookaman Andrew Bynum to prevent nightmares of a once great Bazooka legend named Shaq. Kupchak assigns the marksman Vladimir Radmanovic as an assassin but was later immobilized due to an unforeseen avalanche in Salt Lake City around the ALL-STAR ceasefire.
Deputies Odom and Walton are often hurt in battle as the lack of crew help is provided. Yet the Strategists continue to watch the Squadron get hurt at the expense of the Greatest General in New History by providing a mediocre army.
The tale soon ends with a successful coup and Senator Jerry West is reinstalled as the Army’s new leader. He will then signal the GO on the acquisition of General Kidd as glory may be on the horizon. Another Warrior from the Nearby tribe is inkling for a win too. Perhaps he can join us a year after General Kidd enters camp. The Warrior said is Kevin Garnett.