With a 28-15 NBA record the New York Knicks have the freedom to make a decision to sit players like Jason Kidd whenever they please. Now 39-years old, he has been ailing with some back issues of late, but the lack of testing or extensive treatment tells me this may just be a way for Kidd to take some much needed time off.
When Raymond Felton went down with a broken finger earlier this season, I smelled doom for the team, with the aging Kidd and Pablo Prigioni both being over 35-years 0ld. Moving forward, the Knicks have softened the blow with Iman Shumpert returning and Felton coming back better than ever.
In my mind, the Knicks still need to be able to rest Kidd like they have been as he will be a crucial factor come playoff time. While his veteran leadership is still a big part to his game he also continues to be a complete point guard with the ability to pass, rebound and shoot.
Kidd knows he doesn’t have the same body he had when he was Rookie of the Year back in 1995 as he recently said that “it’s just a matter of making sure I take care of myself.” If that means sitting out games to the lowly Orlando Magic or playing just 20-25 minutes like coach Mike Woodson suggests than so be it. He is too valuable for this team for him to be burnt out before we even hit March.
The Knicks have a chance to make some waves this postseason and without a strong force in the backcourt, the team will be at a disadvantage.