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Zan Tabak 12-06-2007 03:34 AM

Jason Kidd on Strike?
 
http://www.nypost.com/seven/12062007...437.htm?page=0

SOURCES: 'ON-STRIKE' KIDD DECIDES TO SIT OUT
By FRED KERBER
December 6, 2007 -- Jason Kidd was "on strike," last night several team sources claimed, and he essentially called in sick, perhaps in an effort to force a trade from the Nets or get a contract extension.

Coach Lawrence Frank said Kidd phoned him complaining of a migraine yesterday at about 2 p.m. Kidd never showed for last night's 100-93 defeat against the Knicks, also short-handed, in the Meadowlands.

Maybe it was the contract extension he sought and did not receive. Maybe it is the general state of the team. Maybe it is a desire for a trade. Whatever the reason, whatever the cause, Kidd chose a game against the division rival Knicks to state his case. And the Nets certainly proved how much they need Kidd, losing to the 6-11 Knicks who were without Eddy Curry and Stephon Marbury.

"He's on strike," on team source said.

Kidd's teammates were tight-lipped, though one claimed, "I can't picture Jason doing that. I would be disappointed if he did."

But another source said the Nets were planning on - if not already - talking to Dallas, the Lakers and perhaps Cleveland about a trade. Kidd nearly was traded to the Lakers last February.

Asked after the game about Kidd, Frank said, "Right now my thoughts are with this game."

The Nets (9-10, 4-7 at home) were drastically short-handed all evening and played the first half with eight available bodies. Josh Boone, down with a migraine - he has a history of the ailment - was on the bench for the second half but did not play. Jamal Crawford scored 29 and Zach Randolph had 25 for the Knicks. Richard Jefferson scored 31 points and Vince Carter had 19 for the Nets.

Kidd's absence immediately caused some consternation within the organization because of the All-Star's recent unhappiness over the Nets rejecting his camp's bid for a one-year, $13 million contract extension. Kidd vented about the team recently in Utah, claiming the club possessed a glass jaw while expressing doubts about the future. After a sit-down with team president Rod Thorn, Kidd backed off and proclaimed all was fine.

Which made last night's timing puzzling. Kidd loves beating the Knicks. The Nets are 23-2 including playoffs, against the Knicks with Kidd since he arrived. And Kidd has been durable. He hadn't missed a game since Feb. 14 last season, at Toronto when a back kept him out. That was the final game before All-Star weekend and Kidd returned after the break.

So when he didn't show, speculation was rampant. Kidd played 30 minutes Tuesday in Cleveland and chatting with LeBron James afterward.

There was a pretty good team in the infirmary or at home for reasons personal and medical last night. For the Knicks, Curry was lost to a sprained ankle and Mar bury was home with family, pre paring to bury his fa ther today. For the Nets, Antoine Wright (shoul der) sat a second straight game. Nenad Krstic has been shut down. Carter (strained calf) played after an MRI exam was negative.

So Eddie Gill (four points, fouled out) started for the ninth time in his career - first as a Net - at point for Kidd. With Wright out, the Nets were down to one perimeter player, Bostjan Nachbar, plus Jamaal Magloire and Sean Williams.

Without Kidd, the Nets struggled terribly on offense. Open shots were rare. Made shots even more rare - they had seven assists at halftime. That wasn't even one assist per player. With Randolph and Crawford getting out to quick starts and with the Knicks smothering Carter and Jefferson, the Nets trailed, 51-42, at halftime. The Knicks led by 14 in the fourth and the Nets got to within five, but stalled.

With their quick start, the Knicks led 20-10 before nine minutes expired. It was the eighth straight game and 9th time in 11 games total that the Nets trailed by 10 or more points at home.

As if the injuries weren't trouble enough, the Nets saw half of their available team - Malik Allen, Jason Collins, Gill and Williams - all saddled with three fouls by halftime.

Belsius 12-06-2007 08:04 AM

He seems to be really pist at carter, thats new...

Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 12-06-2007 08:44 AM

This 'strike' could be good for us if it lasts a bit... keep the nets record down at any rate. I'd love to see him get traded, but preferably to the west!

Dr. J. Naismith 12-06-2007 09:37 AM

Man, there are so many mixed rumours regarding Kidd right now. He really wants to stay in NJ apparently, but Thorn isn't willing to give him the money he's asking. So maybe all this BS is getting too him and he's quickly getting fed-up. I hope he was actually sick and that he's not becoming another primadonna athlete that's threating certain things if his needs and wants aren't met anytime soon. :rolleyes:

MangoKidHoops 12-06-2007 09:41 AM

I have no problems with Kidd sitting out. It's funny. Look how lost the Nets looked last night without him. Everyone knows he might want out, so everyone's going to low-ball Thorn. So, Roddy's only option? Show J-Kidd the money. He's what makes that team run. Makes to sense to re-up Carter only to trade Kidd.

Dr. J. Naismith 12-06-2007 09:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LyRrAd_Nation (Post 834)
I have no problems with Kidd sitting out. It's funny. Look how lost the Nets looked last night without him. Everyone knows he might want out, so everyone's going to low-ball Thorn. So, Roddy's only option? Show J-Kidd the money. He's what makes that team run. Makes to sense to re-up Carter only to trade Kidd.

Check this out Hoops because Thorn might not be giving in because he's ready to start over again. :confused:

Link: http://www.raptorsforum.com/f/f6/nets-ready-blow-up-78.html

MangoKidHoops 12-06-2007 09:56 AM

The only reason I can think of why Thorn might want to blow up is because of the transfer of the team to Brooklyn in the next few years and them wanting to field/sell to the community an up and coming competing team, not an aging team.

Thorn has to know that if he trades Kidd, he'll have to trade Carter as well, because once Kidd gets dealt, Carter will go into shutdown/quit mode the way he did in Toronto.

Claudius 12-06-2007 09:56 AM

If New Jersey then decided to re-up Carter and deal Kidd then Thorn just made the dumbest move in the NBA.

Like Hoops said, Kidd makes that team click on so many levels. He carries that team. Carter and RJ for all intents and purposes, cannot. Oh well, I hate the Nets, always have, always will.

As for this Kidd on strike rumor, I think he's got more class than that but then again he has hit his wife which is pretty classless. So maybe it's not that far fetched.

Dr. J. Naismith 12-06-2007 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Claudius (Post 845)
As for this Kidd on strike rumor, I think he's got more class than that but then again he has hit his wife which is pretty classless. So maybe it's not that far fetched.

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing CG that's why I was hoping that he was infact sick and not pulling a "holdout" move. :(

INSIDER 12-06-2007 11:50 AM

I really hope he's being a dick and sitting out on purpose.
the nets will stink it up without him and they will get a taste of what it feels like to get shit on by a player.

Ball Don't Lie 12-06-2007 12:58 PM

As long as he doesnt end up in Cleveland I'm happy. Ship him to the Lakers so both the Nets and Lakers can be mediocre forever.

moremilk 12-06-2007 01:25 PM

I thought it's funny when I read yesterday that he has a "migraine" ... First time I heard somebody not playing because of that. I couldn't get a day off at work because of that, and I'm really not that replaceable ... :)

I don't think Kidd will go anywhere, except maybe LAL. At this point, Nets must be desperate for anything resembling a center - so if Lakers would dispose of Bynum, then they would take it in a second. And, after the summer scandals, I just can't see the Lakers turning down Kidd for a Bynum - because that would be the death sentence for Kobe as a Laker ...

Krazy Ivan 12-06-2007 01:28 PM

I wouldn't give him new contract as well... with all do respect he is getting old and signing him for extended period would not be smart... IMO anyway

ClingRap 12-06-2007 01:41 PM

get er done BC!

MangoKidHoops 12-06-2007 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by moremilk (Post 887)
I thought it's funny when I read yesterday that he has a "migraine" ... First time I heard somebody not playing because of that. I couldn't get a day off at work because of that, and I'm really not that replaceable ... :)

I don't think Kidd will go anywhere, except maybe LAL. At this point, Nets must be desperate for anything resembling a center - so if Lakers would dispose of Bynum, then they would take it in a second. And, after the summer scandals, I just can't see the Lakers turning down Kidd for a Bynum - because that would be the death sentence for Kobe as a Laker ...

The reason why the deal hasn't been consummated is because the Nets are after Bynum and Lakers' owner Jerry Buss wants to part of dealing him. The deal was supposed to go down last February, but the Lakers didn't want to part with Bynum. Bynum in 2 years is going to be crazy. He's very good right now.

BballWatcher 12-06-2007 02:50 PM

I'm curious if this is in part a tactic by Jason Kidd to remind the team how valuable he is to them, and how they suck without him spoonfeeding them the ball. I could be used to light a fire under Vince's ass as well as that combustible rookie they have (Williams). RJ seems to be playing fine, but he actually has heart.


Quote:

Originally Posted by thriller92 (Post 884)
As long as he doesnt end up in Cleveland I'm happy. Ship him to the Lakers so both the Nets and Lakers can be mediocre forever.

Well the one thing if he does somehow get to Cleveland is that both he and LeBron need to have the ball in their hands a lot to be productive. Triple double considerations aside, it may not be a great fit as LeBron plays better with the ball than off the ball.

moremilk 12-06-2007 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LyRrAd_Nation (Post 892)
The reason why the deal hasn't been consummated is because the Nets are after Bynum and Lakers' owner Jerry Buss wants to part of dealing him. The deal was supposed to go down last February, but the Lakers didn't want to part with Bynum. Bynum in 2 years is going to be crazy. He's very good right now.

yes - but the real question every Laker fan should ask themselves is: Is Bynum worth more than a Kobe/Kidd combo. Will Bynum be that good, so it makes losing Kobe Bryant worthwile?


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