Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
At 39 years old, Jason Kidd is still running hard up and down the court.
Experience wins championships—remember that!
During the offseason, New York was criticized for bringing in older guys—players like Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace.
However, now it's realized that Jason Kidd was not playing around when he said that while the team is older they're also more experienced.
Kidd has stepped into the 2-guard role vacated by an injured Iman Shumpert, and he's excelled at it—even at the age of 39.
Kidd spaces the floor enough for his teammates to get an open look, and if not, he's smart enough to take a shot—all of this stems from his confidence that has been built upon in his 18 years in the NBA.
Marcus Camby just saw in-game action in Friday's game against Dallas, but words cannot describe how important he will be to this team as time goes on this season. He'll provide some relief for Tyson Chandler without losing the intimidation—also something Camby has developed in his 16-year-career.
Kurt Thomas has provided quality minutes off the bench—hitting the occasional jumper that he likes very much. He's a veteran that you can count on and wouldn't worry about having on the court in a close game.
Last but not least, Rasheed Wallace. I'm sure New York fans hated this man when he was on Detroit, but they're now glad to have him in their corner. He's got quite a track record—from his sweet three-point shot to record technical fouls—but being a 15-year veteran isn't something to snarl at, especially when that veteran is Sheed.
With all this experience, it's hard to argue that the Knicks aren't ready to compete for that Larry O'Brien Trophy.