NEW YORK — Don’t know what you were thinking, but when the Nets were peeling in layers during the fourth quarter on Sunday — when the Spurs reeled off 19 straight points and their opponents lost their composure and suffered from severe iron proficiency due to chaotic choreography — but it seemed to me New Jersey could use a poised point guard; Jason Kidd often looked shockingly ordinary throughout The Finals, chiefly against a zone defense in the final quarters of Games 5 & 6.
Still, Kidd’s the best thing the Nets have going for them. And if you’re one of their fans, nothing he said after Tim Duncan seized his second championship in six NBA seasons cheered you up regarding his future in the Garden State.
In fact, everything out of his mouth was downright discouraging and his body language cast an even gloomier spell.
“I play to win and this is my second time coming up short for that championship trophy. I’ve got to find a team that has a better chance to win that trophy,” he said, before suddenly curbing himself in mid-Bridesmaid confession, his right hand abruptly going to his neck and nervously scratching it. “Or stay with the Nets.”
Who knows, maybe Kidd’s agent is telling him he can’t afford to let the Nets think he’s coming back for sure?
Maybe this, like most business situations, is all about maintaining proper leverage.
Nevertheless, until convinced otherwise, I’m assuming Jason, his kid, wife and her devoted paparazzi are going to be rollin’ down the Riverwalk to San Antonio in six weeks.
Yes, the Spurs need a big man to replace David Robinson, but they have enough available money to realize that endeavor relatively cheap by recruiting Rasho Nesterovic or P.J. Brown while giving Kidd maximum free agent money.
All those who have decried, “What do the Spurs need Kidd for; they have Tony Parker?” are now asked to leave the room.
The 21-year-old playmaker (light on the making part; I don’t think his peripheral vision works looking left) ran the gamut from brilliant to befuddling, with all too much of the latter, making it an easy decision to import Kidd.
Especially since the Pacers and Jermaine O’Neal are a living lock to rejoin forces, it says here, and Gregg Popovich’s isn’t enamored with the cost prohibitive, Brad Miller and Michael Olowokandi.
Naturally, the Spurs must also re-sign Speedy Claxton so he can bail them out at crunch time.
Of course, with Kidd routed to the Alamo, the Nets need look no further than that same place for their new maestro.
Speedy not only proved he can shoot when left alone outside (14-25 FG), distribute, rebound and defend, he showed he has a lot of toughness in him as well.
If not Jersey, Claxton assuredly played himself into someone’s starting lineup next season.
Now that the former Hofstra star has demonstrated there is no lingering effect from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament two years ago, I defy any Finals’ observer to say he wouldn’t be a major upgrade in many backyards, starting in his own . . . New York.
While on the subject of Parker, it was awfully nice of the league and ABC television to rebuild our relationship with the French by turning halftime of Game 6 into the Cannes Film Festival.
So, it’s come to this: The deciding game of an NBA championship is reduced to a movie trailer. What’s the matter, the, league couldn’t book Alvin and the Chipmunks?
Upon in-digesting this, I deduced one of two things (possibly both) have to be true: Either Disney is involved in every movie spotlighted, or David Stern is trying to get into movies.
Ronnie Nunn appears to be the leading candidate over Bennett Salvatore and Hue Hollins to replace Ed T. Rush as the NBA’s director of officiating . . . David Robinson has targeted Malik Rose as his successor to become the Spurs new spiritual leader.
The same guy Gregg Popovich tried to trade to the 76ers during the season, and still might, as part of a sign-and-trade deal come summer.
Especially if the Spurs reach out for restricted free agent Elton Brand; the most any team can give him is $74 million and it’s almost definite the Clippers will match.
Before accepting the Pistons’ job, sources say Larry Brown faxed Clippers owner Donald Sterling a list of L.A. free agents he wanted the owner to commit to retaining; otherwise, he wasn’t interested in returning as coach of the Clippers. Sterling never replied.
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