Jason Kidd played almost seven seasons in the greater New York area with the Nets, so when the Knicks came to Dallas on Thursday, writers covering the Knicks were interested in catching up with Kidd.
He was asked about a variety of issues — the new Knicks of coach Mike D’Antoni instead of Isiah Thomas, the attractiveness of New York to the premier free agent class of 2010, and Stephon Marbury as a potential Mavericks player.
In November, the Knicks made two major trades to rid themselves of future salary and to get in position to bid on the 2010 free-agent class, which includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Kidd said that one or more of the premier players definitely will be tempted to play for the Knicks.
"Oh, yeah," he said. "It’s a great place. That’s one of the best stages on professional sports. When you talk about the likes of those free agents, you can have a better situation being able to not just get one, but get 2 1/2 . So we’ll see."
(For the record, Kidd never explained how to get half of a free agent, but presumably he was talking about a second-tier player.)
When Kidd was asked if he would consider signing with the Knicks in 2010, he said: "I’m the ’09 class."
When pressed, Kidd smiled and said: "Yeah, why not? I’m going to look and see. Coach [D’Antoni] is great. I got to know him a little this summer [with the Olympic team]. D’Antoni has a great philosophy. I think people enjoy watching that."
LeBron, Kidd and possibly Dwyane Wade or another All-Star like Steve Nash, Amare or Chris Bosh on the same team?! If that happens, Knicks are gonna be damn good.
Edited by LALakersFan4Life, January 09, 2009 - 02:52 PM.