Jason Kidd: If I play next season, it will be for Knicks
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Jason Kidd said his plan right now is to return for his 20th NBA season and be back with the Knicks. But Kidd said there still is plenty to consider before he makes up his mind.
"I am thinking about it,'' Kidd said Thursday night. "I have to make a decision. We'll see what happens. Right now I plan on coming back, but the next couple of days or week or so I'm going to think about it and see if I should keep playing or if I should try something different.''
Kidd spoke to reporters at Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy celebrity billiards tournament. It was the first time Kidd spoke publicly since the shootaround before the season-ending Game 6 loss to the Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
It was a bad finish for the Knicks and for the 40-year-old Kidd. He went scoreless the last 10 games and played 11:43 total in the final two, none in the second half.
Kidd's poor finish probably will weigh heavily in his decision. He's a nine-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer. But the point guard showed his age throughout the season and especially in the playoffs when the Knicks needed him.
"I got to be honest with myself,'' Kidd said. "I'm a young man. I got to see if I can still mentally do the grind all over again.''
"I wasn't bothered,'' Kidd said. "I was trying to cheer. If I can't be on the floor, I can try and help cheer those guys on. As much as guys have cheered me on the bench, I could do the same thing. It's like a role reversal.
"You've got to go with the guys that Coach believes can get it done.''
If Kidd doesn't return, he said he could look into coaching or working in television, among other possibilities. There has been speculation that he might seek a buyout and play for another team. But he said he wants to remain a Knick and that money won't be a factor in his decision.
"If I play, I plan on playing for the Knicks,'' Kidd said. "I don't plan on playing anywhere else.
"It's never been about money. The game is about winning. It's not about money. If I decide I'm going to leave, money is not going to hold me up.''