Sep 12, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT
Jason Kidd will turn 39 next March, and last season father time started to catch up with the old man and his game (he shot just 36.1 percent for the season, for example). But he’s a cagey veteran who can still lead, play some physical defense, make the right pass and knock down threes — all of which helped him be a key part of the Dallas Mavericks first ever title.
The question is how long can he keep doing that? Father time may be about to pass him by and strip the ball from him in the process.
The 10-time All Star told the Dallas Morning News he wants to play a few more years.
“With this group, hopefully another two or three,” Kidd said. “I feel great, and being around younger guys and working on my game, and them believing in me, helped me compete every day.”
“I’ve come to grips that at some point I’ll come off the bench or try to help some younger point guard understand what it takes to be consistent,” said Kidd. “It’s all up to my body.”
Kidd has one more season left on his deal with the Mavericks.
Dallas pictures speedy Frenchman Rodrigue Beaubois as the future at the point, but he missed most of last season with a foot injury and when he did return he was not the same player (and eventually was out with a complication to the same injury). Next season will be the real test for Beaubois — they would like to give him more minutes off the bench, have him lessen the load on Kidd, but he’s got to show he can take on that role. Last season he did not.
As for Kidd, next season will be telling.
The Mavericks have Dirk Nowitzki for three more seasons, that’s how long they will pretty much try to win with this roster of veterans. Then it will be time to rebuild. If Kidd’s drop off is dramatic next season the Mavericks may not want him back, although the more likely scenario is the ink him to a cheaper deal for two years and try to use him in a limited role off the bench. As a mentor. Kidd has a healthy ego, but he seems willing to accept that kind of role — and if someone is willing to be a good student, he has a lot to teach.
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