DALLAS - Both Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle all but tripped over their own words when praising both former Mavericks Jason Kidd and Jason Terry on Tuesday afternoon. Neither expressed any frustration in the least with the respective decisions made by Kidd to sign with the Knicks and Terry with the Celtics.
"JET came in with tough shoes to fill after we lost Steve Nash. It was, 'Who was this guy?'" Nelson said. "He did it his own way and put his own stamp on it. He's one of the best players to ever put on a uniform with the Dallas Mavericks. What he's done for this community is second to none in the history of the Mavericks and it's a void that is a tough one to fill."
And for Kidd, Carlisle said: "With Kidd not being back and Terry not being back those are two guys whose numbers are going to be hanging in the rafters here. Jason Kidd is a once in a generation type of player."
Putting Jason Terry's number next to Dirk Nowitzki is something that has been written about in this space before. It should happen. No player meant as much over the past decade or so to the Mavericks than Jason Terry.
The idea of hanging Jason Kidd's No. 2, or No. 5, had never really occurred to me but it has merit. Drafted with the No. 2 overall pick out of Cal in the '94 draft, Kidd was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year that season. He made the All-Star team with the Mavs in 1996.
Kidd was traded to the Suns in December of 1996 in the Michael Finley trade. Kidd was dealt back to the Mavs in 2008, and eventually was the starting point guard for the Mavs' first NBA title team.
His numbers, especially in his second stay with the team, are not overwhelming. But there is not a person with the team who says the team wins the title without Kidd as the starting point guard.
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