GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Jason Kidd was missing again Monday. He was one of a handful of players not brought in to speak to the media at the Knicks' practice facility before leaving for the offseason.
Kidd, the team's 40-year-old point guard, was the subject of retirement speculation during his horrendous postseason although he has two years left on the contract he signed before this season. He started 48 regular-season games and was instrumental in the team's strong start, but in his final 10 playoff games, he did not score a single point and looked like a shadow of his Hall of Fame-bound self.
"I don't know where his mind is right now," center Tyson Chandler said when asked about Kidd's mind-set and future. "I think he'll allow himself some time to think and settle in. I think right now, everything is so emotional. We're fresh off the series. It's hard to get that out of your mind, especially being a competitor. I think he should take some time with his family."
Kidd found himself playing major minutes earlier this season when Raymond Felton was out with a finger injury, and it seemed to catch up with him as the season wore on. In those last 10 scoreless games, Kidd shot 0-for-17 overall, including 0-for-10 from three-point range. He was limited to a total of 11 minutes in his final two games and did not play in the second half of either game.
Felton, a friend of Kidd's, was asked if he thinks the veteran guard just broke down in the playoffs.
"I don't know. I don't think so," Felton said. "We're human. Everybody is human. We're going to miss shots and go through slumps. It's unfortunate he was missing shots at that time."
Felton said he is unsure what Kidd wants to do. "We haven't really talked," he said. "I'm going to spend a little time with him down in the Hamptons, talk with him, work out with him and pick his brain a little bit more."
Chandler, who was a teammate of Kidd's on the Mavericks team that won the NBA championship, believes Kidd should come back next season.
"I think so, but it's not up to me," he said. "It's up to [the team and Kidd], and at this point of his career, it's a balancing act as to what's important to him in his career."