Jason Kidd moves to second unit
WASHINGTON -- Mike Woodson removed Jason Kidd from the starting lineup Friday nght, saying he is more suited to be the Knicks' backup point guard than starting shooting guard.
"He's a point guard and I've got to put him in a position to be more successful running the team," Woodson said. "I don't think I've done a good job in that area."
Entering Friday night, Kidd -- who turns 40 March 23 -- had scored 30 points in 13 games since Raymond Felton returned from a broken finger. He shot 10-for-54 in that span, 7-for-48 from three-point range. Kidd had four points and five assists in 28:01 in the Knicks' 96-88 victory over the Wizards.
Noting that Kidd has built a Hall of Fame-caliber career out of running offenses, Woodson hopes to revitalize his season by letting him "anchor the second group."
"Whatever it takes,'' Kidd said after the game. "Coach and I talked about it, and I was in agreement with whatever he needs me to do."
Woodson chose James White to start in Kidd's spot to match up White's defense against the Wizards' Martell Webster.
Schedule woesThe Knicks' busy March schedule -- 18 games in 31 days, including a West Coast swing -- means they won't get too many opportunities to practice, which Woodson isn't too happy about.
He believes his team's 18-5 start was a result of the work put in during training camp, something they haven't been able to replicate during the season. Said Woodson, "We'll continue to grind and teach and see what happens."
Trainer's roomMarcus Camby, out since early January with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, could be ready to return against Miami, Woodson said.