Jason Kidd: NBA Champion; Thanks for Everything

Scott R. HansenContributor IIIJune 13, 2011

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I wanted Miami to win the NBA Finals just so LeBron James could silence his critics.

Then, James went into hiding. A German seven-footer, the best Caucasian seven-footer in NBA history, played terribly in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Give this lad a pass, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry both have Dirk’s back on this thing. 

Dirk Nowitzki willed his team to an NBA Championship.

Sure, it was Kidd that made Los Angeles Lakers self-proclaimed “legend” Kobe Bryant a non-factor as Dallas swept the defending NBA Champions.

For a writer that has followed Kidd’s career from his sophomore season at Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame, even though he would like to see James succeed at some point, seeing Kidd hold an NBA Championship was a vindication of his career.

Kidd is my favorite player. Ever. From his days as wearing No. 32 in high school as a sophomore, diving for a loose ball in one of the first high school basketball games shown on the Mothership, and then gently assisting a lay-up with his bum on the hardwood. 

Kidd couldn’t shoot a lick in Alameda, Kidd couldn’t shoot a lick in Berkeley, and he sure as hell could find the iron when he first came into the league.

This writer remembers Kidd when he could only score on a steal and a dunk in high school, and even college when he single-handedly defeated the mighty Duke Blue Devils in the second round of an NCAA Tournament.

This writer lived in Texas with Kidd, Jamal Mashburn, and Jimmy Jackson were the first real “threesome” in NBA history. Kidd, Mashburn, and Jackson were kids back then, so it went naturally haywire.

Then, suddenly, the man known as “Ason” found J. J meaning jumper, that is.

Is it just me or did Kidd remind me of former NBA Finals closer Robert Horry during this entire playoff run?

There was a point in time where Kidd worried about averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds. Kidd wanted to put up more triple-doubles than anybody known to man. 

Somewhere with Kidd losing two NBA Finals with the New Jersey Nets, Kidd decided it was more important to win rings.

It’s not a natural progression. Either you have the killer instinct or you don’t.

It took Kidd awhile to find his mojo, but my God did he find it. Kidd won the Dallas Mavericks the NBA Championship.

You can comment below and say “Dirk Nowitzki won Dallas the series.” At last check, Nowitzki couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn in Game 6.

Kidd, however, acted as the best role player in the history of the NBA Finals.

Kidd won Dallas the NBA Championship. Not Nowitzki, not sharp-shooting sixth-man Jason Terry.

The Mavericks point guard is one of the top 15 players in the history of the NBA. There, I said it. 

This writer wanted Miami to win just so Bristol could fumble around James winning an NBA title.

After further review, give this writer the player he has followed for two decades.

Mr. Kidd, thank you for everything. Seriously. 

This writer wore either No. 5 or No. 32 because of you since 1992.

Enjoy the success. “Jason”.

You have “J” now. Enjoy it. 

(By the way, this writer totally expected Mark Cuban to shove this in the face of everybody else. Yet, he didn't. Congrats Mark Cuban. Way to show some class.)