New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd may be in his 40′s, but he’s planning on having a big season in the Big Apple. However, he’s just not planning on making it a big individual season for himself, but instead has his eyes on Amar’e Stoudemire as well.
Both Stoudemire and Kidd are coming off of 2012 seasons that weren’t the greatest by their standards. But Kidd sees a rebound season from STAT and also sees himself playing a Steve Nash-type of role for Stoudemire.
Stoudemire pushed very hard for the Knicks to bring Nash aboard and it looked like they might before the Lakers snuck in and stole him away. But by the sounds of Kidd, everything will work out just fine. Kidd addressed his situation to KnicksNow.com.
“With Amar’e, I hope I can be like a Nash to be able to get him the ball where he likes it to be successful. Make it where he doesn’t have to work as hard, easy layups, catch and shoot where he likes it,” Kidd explained.
Speaking like a true point guard, Kidd assessed the Knicks leading scorer and how he can make life easier for Anthony in 2012-13.
“Melo is one of the top five players in the world,” Kidd smiled. “For me it’s to get him touches that put the ball in the basket, so he doesn’t have to work so hard. He’s a guy that understands how to play and also understands how to win.”
If Kidd did indeed have that type of effect on Amar’e, it would be huge for the Knicks as Stoudemire must play a huge role in 2013 if the Knicks are going to contend for a championship.
It’s easy for Kidd to say that and it would be nice if things played out that way, but the reality is that Kidd hasn’t run a lot in those kinds of sets in the last few years. The biggest problem is going to be creating proper spacing. That’s difficult in large part to the way Anthony needs space for his game.
There’s also the fact that Kidd may end up having a better chemistry with Tyson Chandler, who can work the pick and roll and catch the lob pass, something they had success with in Dallas together.
But with Stoudemire working on more of a post-game with Hakeem Olajuwon, it could be exactly what the Knicks need.
However there’s always the question of if the system (and by the “system,” I mean Anthony) will be comfortable enough allowing a guard like Kidd to create enough opportunities for others.
That’s a question that will go unanswered until November, but so far Kidd is saying enough right things to at least think the possibility exists that both STAT and ‘Melo will both have big seasons in New York.
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