Jason Kidd is well aware of what happened during his tenure in Dallas, and no comments from the owner are going to dampen that memory.
The veteran guard will face off against his old team tomorrow night at the Garden for the first time as a member of the Knicks, and Kidd is not letting some remarks by Mark Cuban affect his state of mind heading into the game.
On Dallas radio in mid-August, the Mavericks owner was upset by what he thought was Kidd's quick and unexpected departure for New York.
"I'm sure I'll get over it at some point," Cuban said at the time, "but as of now, I wouldn't put J-Kidd's number in the rafters."
"I don't play for a jersey [in the rafters], I play for my teammates," Kidd said after yesterday's practice. "Cuban owns the team, so he has every right to his opinion. The one thing he can't take away is the championship ring that we helped him get."
That came two seasons ago, when Kidd teamed with Tyson Chandler and star Dirk Nowitzki to bring the Mavericks their first title. Now Kidd and Chandler are teammates in New York, and the Mavericks team coming into the Garden has changed substantially.
"It's a different team than I played with, especially with Shawn Marion going down and Dirk not being there," Chandler said of the team's two injured stars. "It's not the same, but Dallas will always have a special place in my heart because we won a championship together."
Mavs owner's diss can't take away Jason's ring
New York Post | Nov 8