The principals speak!
Jason Kidd: “There’s no bigger reward than to have that championship trophy in your hand. That’s why I’m here. Because Dallas has its eye on that prize.”
Mark Cuban: “It’s been the most amazing, interesting trade we’ve ever done, and we’ve done some doozies here. I’ve never seen anything like it, but all’s well that ends well. We got the right guys.”
More Cuban: “In any business there’s lulls. Everybody was waiting for the postseason to start. You can’t just say, ’OK, turn it on in the postseason.’ I think Jason ... being that iconic All-Star will spark a lot of people.”
Nets coach Lawrence Frank, on Kidd: “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of guy to play with and coach. He’s had an unbelievable impact on everyone in this organization and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Nets president Rod Thorn: “Over the course of time it became very evident that his heart wasn’t in it. The kind of player he is, if his heart’s not in it then he’s not the same player, and it became evident to me that his heart wasn’t in it anymore. It just wasn’t going to work.”
Mavs coach Avery Johnson: “We understand the competition [in the West] is fierce, but we’re not afraid of the competition. We feel [Kidd’s] skill set can help us finish stronger, finish games better. Obviously he’s not the guy we’re going to lean on for points, points, points, points. He’s going to help us because at the end of games, he just knows how to win."