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That one word just about sums up this slide if you are a Knicks fan.
Jason Kidd has been anchoring the backcourt for the Dallas Mavericks since his return to the team in 2008.
Kidd is a true floor general, meaning that he is always creating and looking to set up his teammates. Also, Kidd is a great defensive point guard despite losing a step or two in terms of quickness and athleticism.
Kidd has been great at generating steals throughout his NBA career, and he also played well for the Mavericks in last year's playoffs. Despite not being mentioned much throughout the title run, his veteran leadership certainly helped the Mavericks to their first NBA title.
For the New York Knicks heading into this postseason, it looks like either Baron Davis or Mike Bibby will be running the point. This does not bode well for the team.
It certainly would have been interesting to compare Jeremy Lin to Jason Kidd heading into the playoffs, but Lin will probably not be back in time to play for the Knicks this postseason.
Baron Davis has stepped in since Jeremy Lin's injury and has not looked good. He is a shell of the Baron Davis he used to be, showing that he doesn't have the same burst or explosiveness he once possessed.
Davis has also failed to keep opposing point guards in front of him defensively, which puts more pressure on the Knicks frontcourt, meaning more fouls for Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire. The more time those two have to spend on the bench, the tougher it becomes for the Knicks to defeat the upper echelon teams in the Eastern Conference.
Mike Bibby is also clearly not the same player he once was in the NBA. Despite showing some flashes of that perimeter jump shot we have always seen from Bibby, his consistency to make that shot when he is open isn't nearly good enough to say he should start over Davis.
Baron Davis and Mike Bibby clearly are not the same type of veteran point guard as Jason Kidd, because they will not be able to lead the Knicks in the postseason. This puts more pressure on the front court of the New York Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony might have to play some "point forward" if the Knicks hope to be successful in the playoffs.