Kidd Finds Rejuvenated Success with Knicks
Heading into the 2012-13 season, the Knicks had multiple major questions marks. In particular, pundits questioned whether one of the oldest rosters in league history could compete and keep pace in today’s NBA. Knicks General Manger Glen Grunwald was pilloried for compiling a roster featuring just one player under the age of 27 and four players over 38. Jokes about Madison Square Garden becoming an “old age home” made the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere.
However, based on the early returns this season, New York’s success has been no laughing matter…
The Knicks are playing their best basketball in over a decade. Thursday marked the first time New York had held sole possession of first place in the East in December since December 16, 1993. And the Knicks are 10 games over .500 for the first time since April of 2001.
Jason Kidd has been absolutely incredible. There is just no other way to state it. Heading into last night’s showdown in Miami, he led the league three-point accuracy (shooting 51.1 percent from behind the arc); he was first in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.25); first in the NBA in steal per turnover (3.38); and fifth in the NBA in steals, swiping 2.08 a game. Amazingly, his actual impact far exceeds anything that shows up in a box score. Kidd’s calming influence in big moments and his incredible basketball IQ have been an enormous benefit to the entire team on a nearly nightly basis.