Saturday, July 7, 2012
Why Jason Kidd is the Ultimate Mentor & Player-Coach
Many fans are criticizing the Knicks for "getting older" by adding Jason Kidd via free agency. The fact is, though, that Kidd's experience and veteran leadership will balance out the relatively young team quite nicely.
As MSG Network's Alan Hahn notes on "The Knicks Fix" Facebook page, bringing Kidd into the fold not only provides the team with a player-coach type figure, but also provides New York with the offensive coordinator of sorts that many suggest Coach Mike Woodson needs on his staff next season. Kidd is certain to mentor Jeremy Lin (should he return next season) and impact him similarly to the way Gary Payton influenced Kidd himself as a young point guard (as seen in the clip above).
Coach Woodson knows just how smart and savvy Kidd can be firsthand. The pair were involved in one of the most unique technical fouls in NBA history while the point guard was playing in Dallas and Woodson was coaching the Hawks. By running into Woodson as he stood on the court while a contest between the two teams was in play, Kidd drew a technical foul that propelled the game's momentum in the Mavericks' favor.
Look below for not only a peak at the foul itself, but also Kidd's commentary and his mentality in regard to executing the play too.