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Kidd says LeBron gets “bumps, bruises” now, rings later

Jun 15, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

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Jason Kidd knows about being on the doorstep and losing. He led the New Jersey Nets to the finals two straight seasons playing some fantastic ball, only to run into the buzzsaw that was the Kobe/Shaq Lakers and the Duncan/Robinson Spurs.

He was patient, kept evolving his game (as his athleticism faded his outside shot improved) and when he got another shot, he didn’t miss. Kidd has his ring as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

He gets where LeBron James is right now and on Tuesday stuck up for the guy taking the most heat for how the series turned out, according to ESPN Dallas.

“I will reach out to him. He’s a good friend of mine,” Kidd said Tuesday during the team’s exit interviews. “I want him to have success and be successful. But, I think right now, it’s just being patient and all the great ones had to be patient. They had to take their bumps or lumps, however you want to look at it.

“But, at the end of the day, they all found a way to win a championship. And I think at the end of his career, he’ll have a couple championships.”

Kidd and James are tight, they hugged after the game on the court and James congratulated him, Kidd said. (Yes, James did talk to some Mavs after the game, despite what some seem to think.) But the pressure on James is different than Kidd, he cannot wait a decade for his ring.

  1. bhester1906 - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    It’s about time someone stuck up for Lebron James. This guy is getting killed across the board.

    • tashkalucy - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      Did Jason Kidd dance around and say he was going to win 7 championships?

      • edweird0 - Jun 15, 2011 at 3:30 PM

        WTF does that have to do with anything?

      • edweird0 - Jun 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        If anyone has the right to stick up for him its a genuine veteran like Kidd. Kidds right and your wrong, suck up that hate and GTFO.

  2. edweird0 - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Let the hateful ignorant comments about Lebron begin…

  3. tmw2345 - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    The Nets lost to the Spurs the 2nd time in the finals. Just a heads up

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      You are right, my bad on that. Fixed, thanks. I just thought the Lakers won 7 in a row then….

  4. damp1015 - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Lebron will win multiple titles, who cares whether he speaks aloud about it. That is who Lebron is, just as MJ was about sticking his tongue out. These are the things that will make people remember him by.

  5. tmw2345 - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Jason Kidd definitely has never had an easy road to the Championship. All 3 of teams he has faced either were dynasties or can become one

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