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Gandalf Greyhame the Grey—Stormcrow, Olórin, Incánus, Tharkûn, Mithrandir, and the Grey Pilgrim—is an old, old man. We're talking really old.
His character in The Hobbit is a unique one. He is obviously the most powerful entity, and yet he is hardly involved. He misses several conflicts entirely and never quite seems to care enough about the results.
Is this what New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd will be? Perhaps. We all know who Jason Kidd used to be. In 2002, he came extremely close to winning the MVP and arguably deserved to win it.
During the coming season he will turn 40. Last season he dropped to a career low average of 6.2 points per game on 36 percent shooting.
Kidd was brought in to fill the void left (technically in the process of being left) by Jeremy Lin and to bring some order to the Knicks offense. For the Knicks offense to run well, it needs to run through Kidd rather than through small forward Carmelo Anthony.
Does Kidd have the motivation to show up for each battle and contribute? We'll find out in a few months.
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