Jason Kidd isn't worried about history or records or what happens to the New Jersey Nets.
"All that stuff will play itself out tonight,'' he said today at shootaround.
Kidd remains a hot item with the New York media. Not as hot as Tiger Woods right now, but more on that in a later blog post.
Kidd still is a name brand, though and he was greeted by a half-dozen reporters after the shootaround today at Columbia University.
He refused to get drawn into the irony that he and the Mavericks can send the Nets to their season-opening 18th consecutive loss tonight, which would break the NBA record for worst start to a season. He said he's not following the Nets anymore.
"I got too many things to worry about with my own team,'' he said with a playful grin. "The big thing is, once I was traded, I stayed in touch with those guys as friends but I didn't pay too much attention about where the franchise was at. They're young and they have some talent. But things being good at one point and now being bad, they'll get it back going in the right direction.''
The Nets, of course, are going through a lot of things right now. They just fired Lawrence Frank as coach and hired Kiki Vandeweghe. There's an ownership change ongoing and, presumably, a move to Brooklyn in a couple years or so.
As for on the court? Kidd sort of sees it like a parent sees a child that has made some bad decisions.
"You could see the dominoes start to go the other way,'' he said. "We didn't recover from losing K-Mart (Kenyon Martin), but we still fought and tried to win. But now, there's nobody there that was part of that team except Rod (Thorn, their president), and he doesn't play.''
As for parallels, Kidd did find one: "The one thing that's consistent is that we could never get anybody to come to the games.''
He's often wondered what it would have been like to have those Nets teams that played in two NBA Finals play home games at Madison Square Garden.
"Those little eight miles are huge,'' he said. "Being on this side of the river with the teams we had, that would have been a lot of fun.''