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2008, February 29: ESPN.com Daily Dime – No Kidd? “An Experiment Gone Bad”

June 24, 2008

February 29, 2008 — I really respect Mavericks coach Avery Johnson.
One thing I like about him is he’s going to do what it takes to win any
game.

But ultimately Jason Kidd is the guy you made blockbuster trade for. So
it’s surprising that he wasn’t out there in the final 30 seconds that
decided Thursday’s Spurs-Mavs game.

For future reference, Kidd will be on the floor in that situation. That was an experiment gone bad.

Jerry Stackhouse went in for Kidd because he is a better shooter, but
you also have Kidd in there for all the things he can do in that
situation, creating opportunities for teammates. Then Jason Terry
couldn’t get his shot past the tough defense of Bruce Bowen.

I like Dallas’ move to get Kidd. Generally speaking, I like the moves
we’ve seen in recent weeks that up the ante. To come out of the West
you have to have a point guard on the level of Baron Davis, Steve Nash,
Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Tony Parker.

The world champs aren’t standing pat either. Kurt Thomas and Damon
Stoudamire have been added, and it looks like they’ll re-sign Brent
Barry. Manu Ginobili has been unbelievable and Parker will find his
stride coming back from injury.

The championship still goes through San Antonio.

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By Jalen Rose | ESPN.com