Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/5/13
Last season the Knicks employed three point guards — starter Raymond Felton Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni. All contributed significantly. Kidd is gone having moved over one borough — and several sideline chairs — to serve as Brooklyn’s head coach. The Knicks imported Beno Udrih from the free-agent pool and though he hardly owns Kidd’s resume he has a Spurs championship pedigree. “You can’t replace a guy like Jason Kidd. But Beno is a great point guard very underrated. He’s going to do great things for us” Felton said. But where will the Knicks look for the other things Kidd supplied? The leadership the defense the court savvy? From the three guys on hand that’s where. For starters coach Mike Woodson said Friday he is looking for Felton to take a lot more command of the team. “I’m asking a lot from Raymond to be more of a leader” Woodson said. “Pablo and Beno both have leadership qualities. They’ve been on teams where they’ve run their teams and they’ve been pretty successful.” Felton acknowledging his designs on “being more vocal” learned a lot about leadership from Kidd last season. It wasn’t as if Felton who missed a month with a broken pinkie was feeling his way. But you have a guy like Kidd around you learn. “He was a big leader just his presence” Felton said of Kidd. “He really didn’t have to say much. He said things when he needed to. He was always in my ear helping me out. “Of course you miss a guy like that. He basically was my mentor last year a great teammate a great guy. But I’m not a rookie. I’m a nine-year guy.” Defensively Kidd always was a notch above at point. Last season despite his age Kidd was 13th in the league in steals first in steals per turnover.
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