Jason Kidd, in his 19th season (his first with the New York Knicks), has looked old recently. The 39-year-old is on a horrific slump that started on January 26th, against Philadelphia. Ever since then, the guard seems to have forgotten how to shoot a ball. Watching Kidd play has been very ugly.
At the beginning of the season, Kidd didn’t look his old age. He looked rejuvenated and he provided a huge spark for the Knicks. He had a whole different game; he turned into a sharpshooter. Kidd made over 50 percent of his shots in November, 49 percent from beyond the arc.
No, the Knicks didn’t sign Kidd to spark their offense. They brought him in for his experience running offenses. Guide the Knicks when they needed it. But what he provided was a lot more–it may have been one of the main reasons why the Knicks got off to a hot start.
Now the ancient guard can’t seem to buy a bucket (NBA Jam, anyone?). Since last month Kidd has shot a dismal 21 percent, 13 percent from the three-point line. He either just barely misses, or misses by a whole lot (he shot an airball on a open look). Kidd’s confidence is done, and it’s noticeable. When open, he refuses to shoot, looking for the pass instead even when he’s wide open–he has just taken 14 shots in the last four games.
Is Kidd’s age finally catching up to him? Is Mike Woodson playing him too many minutes?
Kidd is currently in the starting lineup–Woodson, for some reason, refuses to change that–so he has to shape up, and do it fast. When Kidd makes at least 40 percent of his shots, the Knicks are 8-3.
It is obvious that Kidd needs to be in the mix as the playoffs near, but that’ll be hard to do if Kidd hasn’t found his confidence and continues his slump.