Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Spor
On March 23, Jason Kidd turned 40. Nonathletic guards who can't attack the basket and/or consistently make shots typically don't last that long, and had Kidd not managed to finely adjust his shooting range to beyond the three-point line, he'd no longer be in the league.
But he did, and he's still here, an important rotation player on the Eastern Conference's second-best team.
Kidd's role as a member of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks was that of the cool, confident customer—a mentor figure who acted like winning it all was old hat, as if he'd done it a thousand times. Of course, that wasn't the case; he was a first-timer just like everybody else.
Kidd had won Olympic gold and led two separate teams from New Jersey to the brink, but never had he known what it felt like to win an NBA title.
With nothing more to prove, Kidd is driven by competition and a love for the game. He signed with the New York Knicks in the offseason because he felt he could give them a puncher's chance against the Miami Heat—the same team he defeated back in 2011.
If New York falls, it'll be interesting to see whether Kidd does as well. The two years and approximately $6 million left on his contract may not be enough to keep him coming back for more.