Posted November 21, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Jason Kidd played a key role in the Mavericks winning the franchise's only NBA title two seasons ago, but he's not likely to get a warm reception upon his return to Dallas - particularly from owner Mark Cuban.
Kidd will try to help the New York Knicks continue their best start in 40 years Wednesday night when he visits his former team for the first time since leaving via free agency.
Kidd spent the last four-plus seasons running the point for Dallas (6-6), helping the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA championship along with current teammate Tyson Chandler.
His time in Dallas came to an end when he signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Knicks (8-1) this summer.
Cuban derided the move, questioning Kidd's loyalty and claiming his jersey won't be retired by the Mavs, despite his contributions on the court.
While Cuban has claimed he's planning to boo Kidd, the 39-year-old guard has been a key figure in a fast start by the Knicks, winners of eight of their first nine games for just the third time in team history.
The previous two times - the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons - New York went on to win its only championships.
The Knicks already own one win over the Mavericks this month, 104-94 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 9. Kidd had six points, three assists and three steals in that game.
"I think we believe in one another. I don't want to say it's a surprise," said Kidd, averaging 7.3 points while hitting half of his 28 3-point shots. "I think with the knowledge and the understanding of the game and the principles that (coach Mike Woodson) has put out for us, I think guys have picked it up quickly and it's kind of fun."
The Knicks certainly looked like they were having fun Tuesday, cruising to a 102-80 victory over New Orleans to open this three-game road trip, which ends Friday at Houston.
First, they'll try to win at Dallas for just the second time in 13 visits.
Carmelo Anthony's season-high 31 points, seven rebounds and two blocks were instrumental in New York's win against the Mavs earlier this month.
The superstar forward had 29 points on 12 of 22 from the floor Tuesday. Besides a team-leading 24.2 points per game, Anthony is also being lauded for his defensive play and hustle.
The Knicks are allowing a league-low 88.9 points per game.
"We are playing the best basketball (in the league), and it's because of him," Chandler said. "He is playing all over the floor on both ends. He should be at the top of the race as far as MVP goes right now."
The Mavericks haven't had the services of their superstar all season, with Dirk Nowitzki still sidelined following right knee surgery.
Dallas has lost five of seven - a stretch that started at New York - and is coming off Monday's 105-101 overtime defeat to visiting Golden State.
"It's very disappointing," guard O.J. Mayo said. "It's a game we should have had."
Mayo, the team leader with 21.8 points per game, accounted for all 11 of the Mavericks' points in overtime and finished with 27.
Chris Kaman is looking to build on one of his best performances of the season after tallying 18 points and 17 rebounds Monday. He had 18 total boards over the two previous games, and mustered only seven with 14 points at New York.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
DALLAS-- When the New York Knicks signed Jason Kidd to a free agent contract over the summer, not only did Knicks coaches and brass know they were getting one of the greatest floor generals in the history of the NBA, but they also knew they were receiving a player who would also have a very positive impact off the court, namely in the locker room.
Besides coming to a brand new...
DALLAS When the New York Knicks signed Jason Kidd to a free-agent contract over the summer, not only did Knicks coaches and brass know they were getting one of the greatest floor generals in the history of the NBA, but they knew they were receiving a player who would have a very positive impact off the court, namely in the locker room.
Joining the Knicks after spending the past...
DALLAS Michael Finley once told me that loyalty is not about how you're treated by a team while you're playing. It's about how you're treated when you're done playing.
Judging by the frost coming from Mark Cuban, don't expect the Jason Kidd and Dallas Mavericks to make up anytime soon.
The emotions are still too raw at the upper end of the Mavericks organization...
One NBA scout gives a lot of credit to Jason Kidd for the early season success of the New York Knicks.
The Knicks bounced back from their loss at Memphis on Friday to beat up on the Pacers. In the first quarter, Knicks veteran Jason Kidd collided with Indiana guard Lance Stephenson. Stephenson’s tooth hit Kidd’s head leaving behind a cut that would require seven stitches and a headband to keep blood out of his eyes while [...]
DALLAS - It is impossible to have pulled up a chair for Wednesday's Thanksgiving Eve meeting between the Mavs and the visiting Knicks and not experience some melancholia. But in the end - a Mavs 114-111 thriller of a victory - it was also impossible to not experience some mirth.
With Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd flanking a superstar forward, the New York Knicks represent for...
First off, Happy Thanksgiving to Knicks fans and KnicksJournal.com readers alike. The team here appreciates your viewership, and wishes you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season.Though swingman James White is happy to be in his "second home" of Houston for the holiday, the Knickerbockers didn't quite head into this special day on a high note.Taking on...
We all know that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn't afraid to speak his mind and recently, he decided to let his thoughts be known about the social networking site, Facebook.In a recent blog post on his own personal site "Blog Maverick", Cuban ranted that Facebook had started to alienate businesses by limiting their access to users news feeds.Check out his own...
SOCIAL MEDIA SCREED
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban blasted Facebook for what he perceives as its anti-business practices, even referring to the social networking site as a "time suck."
Only a Knicks fan (or Mark Cuban) would do this!
At what point will the Brooklyn Nets finally give in and make an offer to purchase the website Nets.com? Every team in the NBA has a website that you can get to by punching in the team’s name, except the Nets. On Sunday night, a trip over to Nets.com conveniently redirected users to the New York Knicks All-Star voting ballot. Now, it simply takes you to the official website of...
Domain names. If you are a company either doing business on the internet, or looking to strengthen your brand via the internet, they are quite a big deal. That's what makes the domain name of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets -- while not the most popular sports team in the planet, certainly one that is known to the casual sports fan -- so interesting.
Like every other NBA team...