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Nets draft player who hopes to play as well as his coach does

Jun 28, 2013, 2:00 AM EDT

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NEW YORK – Jason Kidd is one of the NBA’s all-time greatest point guards, but he retired for a reason.

At 40, he could no longer keep up with the game’s younger players. That’s no knock on Kidd. it’s just what happens to nearly every player at that age.

Simply, Kidd is no longer an NBA-caliber player, and that’s why he’s coaching the Nets instead of contributing more scoreless games for the Knicks.

So, maybe the Nets’ first-round pick, Mason Plumlee shouldn’t answer questions about playing his new coach one-on-one this way:

“If I can hang with him,” Plumlee said, “I’ll be alright.”

No, Mason, you won’t be alright just because you can hang with a retired player. You’ll be alright if you can carve out a backup role on what suddenly looks like a contending team.

Alas, maybe the rest of Plumlee’s answer to the one-on-one question reveals how he can do that.

“That’s my coach,” Plumlee said with a laugh. “I don’t want to speak on that right away.  No, he’s a hell of a player.”

Ah, brownnosing, that’s the trick.

  1. money2long - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    nets 2nd unit:
    1. tyshawn taylor
    2. jason terry
    3. marshon brooks
    4. andray blatche
    5. mason plumlee

    as weird as it is to say, preseason will be very important to this team.

    • money2long - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      a lot of new parts, need to be evaluated in game situations. for as good as the starting lineup is, that 2nd unit is decent. bk got something

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:47 AM

        As Dan LeBatard’s papi says on ESPN’s Highly Questionable…Si, si, I’m very intrig(ued)

      • money2long - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        lol

    • badintent - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Absolutely ! No secret that bench is so important now in NBA. Look what Nate did with Chicago in the playoffs with his bench mates . I think Kidd works with this unit full time

    • cmehustle - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Actually, Marshon was part of the trade to Boston. But worry not cuz I got ya buddy.

      Nets 2nd unit:
      1. Taylor
      2. Terry
      3. Bogdanovic
      4. Teletovic
      5. Evans

  2. selowitch - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    It’s not fair to say that Kidd is no longer an NBA-caliber player. If he chose to continue playing, he would be a more-than-solid contributor on virtually any team. However, as Mr. Feldman points out, at 40 years old Kidd certainly has slowed down and I think he must have determined that he could no longer play up to the standard he had set, and that’s what prompted him to retire.

  3. lawrinson20 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Does anything herein actually warrant an ‘article?’

    Okay, whatever. So….

    ““If I can hang with him,” Plumlee said, “I’ll be alright.”

    “No, Mason, you won’t be alright just because you can hang with a retired player,” Dan Feldman writes.

    • Chalk this up to the rare (endangered) instance of an athlete exercising a little something called ‘self-deprecation.’ Modesty, if you will. It’s refreshing. And it ought to be credited, rather than criticized. The only thing that is unfortunate here is that i have to defend a Duke player.

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