Re: anyone else feels old now that HILL+KIDD are getting off the stage? r both HOF'rs?
posted at 6/4/2013 2:02 PM EDT
In response to PHX85014's comment:
I was doing my Military service in the DFW area in the early 90's and got to watch Jason Kidd as a rookie and as part of the "Three J's" era for the Mavericks.....that team coulda, woulda, shoulda.....but it was all torpedoed by ROY TARPLEY'S insatiable appetite for cocaine , alcohol and strippers......BONUS POINTS: name the 2 other J's !
Then I found myself living in Arizona soon after Jason Kidd got traded to the Suns and was able to watch his incredible career here until the unfortunate incident with his wife.....Bonus Points 2: who was Jason Kidd traded for when he went to the Suns ?
One of the most entertaining basketball teams I've ever watched was the late 90's Phoenix Suns , which reached it's peak when they acquired another superstar to pair with Kidd , known as "Backcourt 2000" , this Phoenix Suns team featured Kevin Johnson, Tom Gugliotta , Rodney Rodgers, Tony Delk, Tom Chambers....Bonus Poins 3: who was the "superstar" the Suns added to play alongside Jason Kidd for "Backcourt 2000"......injuries ruined what could have been a championship team (along with a phantom foul against The Lakers) for the Suns , but when that "Backcourt 2000" team was full strength , they were one of the greatest run and gun teams EVER !
Of all the NBA players I've watched over the years , JASON KIDD comes closest to the FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE style of game that LARRY BIRD gave the Celtics game after game after game.......YES, IT's TRUE. As a lifelong Celtics fan, no other player reminded me more of Larry Bird's "every night MVP" game more than Jason Kidd......
Jason Kidd was the main man, the QB , the MVP , The Force , the PaceSetter, The Playmaker, the Heart And Soul of every team he played for for the first 16 years of his career. He was the #1 player on the New Jersey Nets teams that went to the Finals back to back, #3 all time in 3pt shooting for a guy who supposedly couldn't shoot.....Jason Kidd had a will to win I've never seen matched by any other player except Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant
I've had these thoughts about Jason Kidd since his rookie year and I've never read or heard any other basketball expert make the same comparison, but I'll make it now: NO OTHER PLAYER REMINDED ME MORE OF LARRY BIRD THAN JASON KIDD.
IN MY MIND , JASON KIDD WAS BORN TO BE A BOSTON CELTIC........WE CAN ALL FANTASIZE ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN IF THE PING PONG BALLS LANDED RIGHT AND TIM DUNCAN WAS DRAFTED BY THE CELTICS , BUT NO PLAYER I'VE EVER SEEN REPRESENTED THE BOSTON CELTICS PRIDE AND WINNING WAYS MORE THAN JASON KIDD.
TO THIS DAY, I STILL CRINGE WHEN I THINK OF THE SCUZZBALLS WHO VERBALLY ASSAULTED JASON KIDD'S WIFE AND CHILD DURING THAT PLAYOFF GAME......THE WORST AND UGLIEST BLACK EYE FOR THE PEOPLE OF BOSTON SINCE THE BUSING CRISIS OF 1975-1976
Jamal Mashburn and Jimmy Jackson to answer the trivia
BTW Tarpley's coke use ruined the late 80's Mavs, not the mid 90's three J's Mav's. Tarp was 30 and made a 1 season cameo with the three J's before being done. He ruined things for Aguirre, Schrempf, Derek Harper, Blackmon and Sam Perkins from 87-91. Those teams could have taken over from the Lakers when Kareem retired if Tarp wasn't a drug abuser.
The thousands of Jersey fans who brought disgusting signs and chanted 'stab Paul Pierce' during that same series were FAR worse than the handful of drunks who harassed J Kidd's wife. If you're arrested for beating your wife Jason, don't get her tickets to road playoff games.
Kidd was and always will be a dirtbag, the same way Hill was classy. Kidd was no Bird, no WAY, haha. Kidd was a slightly better Fat Lever and Dennis Johnson skill set. Rondo type stuff (although 3" taller like those other 2). Nothing close to Bird. He couldn't hit a 3 point shot to save his life until his mid-30's.