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Basketball: He’s no Kidd anymore

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 11:56 pm in Alumni, Basketball.

Two months shy of his 39th birthday and playing his 18th NBA season, Jason Kidd may be nearing the end of  the line.

The former Cal star came out the Dallas Mavericks’ game on Friday night with a right calf strain. The severity was uncertain, according to coach Rick Carlisle. But Kidd already had missed four games with back spasms and his production this season is the lowest of his career: 4.3 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.

If Kidd were to retire today, here are his career totals: 16,837 points, 11,660 assists (2nd all-time in NBA history), 8,275 rebounds (1st all-time among guards), 2,502 steals (3rd all-time) and 1,812 three-point baskets (3rd all-time).

He has played 47,148 minutes of NBA basketball — eighth-most in history.

A first-ballot Hall of Famers? You bet.

The tougher question: Where does Kidd rate among the greatest point guards?

Certainly behind Magic Johnson, his idol. And Oscar Robertson, if you want to classify him as a point guard. Only Magic and the Big O had more triple-doubles than Kidd’s 107.

But who else is better?

Arguments could be made for John Stockton, Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Isiah Thomas and Bob Cousy.

Any way you slice it, Kidd is among the elite handful to play the position. And his playing days may be running out. 

 

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  • SteveNTEXAS

    I always follow Kidd and remind people he’s from Cal.

    Next season Cal may not make the NCAA’s and Kidd would be a great choice to coach us. Bet we’d have better recruiting.

  • jim crow

    Oh, please, is it necessary to address the absurdity of the notion of Kidd’s replacing Monty?

    How many times does it take to see a great player fail as a coach to get across the truism that playing and coaching are two entirely different crafts?

    However, Jason could be a real recruiting asset in some role at Cal. Whether he would be interested, given the disparity between his annual NBA salaries and what he would be paid to assist at Cal, is another matter.

  • Rollonubears

    Kidd is all brawn.

  • calfanz

    love for JK to come back to the Bay and work w/ the Bears.

    That would be a dream come true.

    Love Jason Kidd. Love his fight, Love his game.

    GO BEARS! #Calgang

  • Juancho

    Can kidd drop by armstead and shaqs homes tonight ?

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    Steve,

    You are a joke.

    Fondly,

    Takeoff

  • H8sRed

    Rollon — I watched Kidd play at Cal. I’ve never seen a smarter player who sees the court and all the passing angles. Does that translate into a good coach? Who knows? But Kidd is definitely much more than brawn.

  • Rollonubears

    He’s my favorite cal player all time, and I’ll give you the double cliche “high basketball iq and high basketball intelligence,” but he’s not the guy you want balancing a recruiting schedule, practice and game planning, and overseeing the education of 12 men. He’d be a great asset as an assistant or a recruiter though.

  • Juancho

    Hed turn the program around 360 degrees

  • Sean

    Kidd as a head coach is a non-issue. I believe a Master’s degree is required, and he never completed his Bachelor’s degree.

  • Calfan

    I tutored Kidd at Cal. He is a brilliant basketball player, but was not a brilliant student. I just don’t see him as a coach, but more as an ambassador for the program.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Ok it seems most not all agree he would be great at Cal. I understand those who say he would be better as an assistant coach but seriously that is somewhat demeaning for a hall of famer. Let his assistant coaches do some of the tasks- keep Jason teaching kids the game and for recruiting.