Jason Kidd may or may not have his jersey retired in the American Airlines Center rafters if Mavericks owner Mark Cuban holds a grudge, but he still has a championship ring and looks like he might get close to adding a second one.

Kidd, who made his bittersweet Dallas homecoming in the Knicks' 114-111 loss last night, said he sees lots of similarities between the 2011 Mavericks championship team and the 2012-13 Knicks, who are off to a strong 8-2 start. Kidd received a nice ovation during player intros despite leaving bitter owner Mark Cuban at the altar in July.

Kidd, who didn't talk with Cuban, said he hopes they will have a conversation "somewhere down the line."

Kidd — who had a another strong game (17 points on five 3-pointers, six rebounds and five assists) — is changing the Knicks' culture, the same way he did when he joined the Nets. Kidd's ball-sharing, defense-first philosophy has spread across the entire team, and his 3-point shooting touch (over 50 percent) has been gravy. Coach Mike Woodson said he's most impressed with having the luxury of being able to fluctuate Kidd's minutes from game to game, while still getting the same productivity.

Kidd, who with center Tyson Chandler made up two-fifths of the Dallas title-winning starting lineup, said he sees championship qualities in these Knicks, their ball movement, depth and a superstar — Carmelo Anthony — finally learning to do the extra things it takes to win big like Dirk Nowitzki.

"The similarities are sharing the ball. We got Dirk to play defense,'' Kidd said before the game. "We don't care who scores and just want to win. Hopefully it will be the same turnout.''