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Jason Kidd: Deron Williams’ shooting is the problem, not the Nets’ system

Jason Kidd and Deron Williams both know what it’s like to play for Avery Johnson, and they both understand how it feels to not be fully comfortable playing for him. Earlier this week, Williams said he has not been the same player since joining the Brooklyn Nets and that he was far more comfortable in Jerry Sloan’s system with the Utah Jazz. Kidd, who had some disagreements with Johnson when he was with the Dallas Mavericks, said the offensive system isn’t the issue.

Simply put, Kidd feels that Williams has not been an effective enough shooter.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with the coach,” Kidd said Thursday according to the NY Daily News. “I think it’s just a matter of getting comfortable making shots. Also, he has new teammates. He’s got to get used to a new crew. It’s always a growing period.

“He’s a grownup. He’ll figure it out. All things don’t go well right away sometimes. He’s just going through a struggle shooting the ball, but he’s one of the best at what he does, so he’ll work through it.”

A look at the numbers would tell you Kidd is right, and Deron has admitted several times that he has not shot well enough. Williams shot 43.9% from the field last season — the lowest since his rookie year — and is down to 39.6% so far this season. He’s hitting only 29.4% of his shots from beyond the arc, which is a career low.

Williams’ struggles have likely been caused by a combination of things, but his poor shooting is certainly what sticks out the most. A player who simply isn’t knocking down shots isn’t going to be comfortable in any system.

Jason Kidd uses slick trick to draw foul on clutch three-pointer (Video)

Jason-Kidd-foulJason Kidd has been around long enough to get calls like the one he got late in the fourth quarter of the New York Knicks’ win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. Throughout his 18-year NBA career, Kidd has become a master at sticking his limbs out to draw a foul. With the game tied and about 25 seconds left to play in Brooklyn, Kidd drained a clutch three pointer and stuck his leg out to get a call against Jerry Stackhouse.

The shot put the Knicks on top 100-97, and the foul could have been major if Kidd hit his free throw and gave the Knicks a two-possession lead. He missed, but the Knicks held on to win anyway. However, you could argue that he should have been called for an offensive foul, which would have negated the basket.

Kidd pulled a similar move against an opposing coach a couple years ago to draw a big call. The NBA is supposed to be cracking down on shooters sticking their legs out to draw a foul, but those rules can be slow for officials to adjust to. That is especially true when the one doing the kicking has been around forever.

Dirk Nowitzki was frustrated Jason Kidd led on Mavericks

After spending four and a half seasons as teammates with Jason Kidd on the Mavericks and winning an NBA championship together, Dirk Nowitzki was understandably upset that Kidd chose to sign with the Knicks in free agency. He specifically says it was the surprising nature of Kidd’s decision that frustrated him.

“He didn’t call me,” Nowitzki said, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I had no reception in Africa where I was. So I only checked my phone once a day. On the day before, he said he was coming, and I think that’s what Mark (Cuban) was a little upset about. He basically said he’s coming back and a day later said he wasn’t coming. It was frustrating. I told him we’d love to have him back and love to have him retire here, but he made a decision he felt was best for his family. I respected that and we move forward. I wish him luck.”

Despite being frustrated and surprised by Kidd’s decision, Dirk is at least handling things in a mature matter. Team owner Mark Cuban on the other hand admitted he was “pissed” at Kidd, and said he wouldn’t want to retire the point guard’s jersey as a result.

We can never get mad at a player for choosing one team over another in free agency, but it’s understandable why Dallas was upset with Kidd. He appeared to lead them on before choosing another team. It seems like karma is already catching up with him anyhow.

Mark Cuban upset with Jason Kidd for picking Knicks over Mavs

Mark Cuban is really upset with Jason Kidd over the point guard’s decision to back out of a deal with Dallas in favor of signing with the Knicks.

“I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was pissed,” Cuban said on “The Ben & Skin Show,” according to ESPN Dallas. “J-Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don’t change your mind like that. That was … yeah. I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters.

“It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship, and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.”

Kidd shocked most people when he decided to sign with the Knicks over the Mavs. His choice was part of what seemed like a disappointing offseason for the Mavs. They freed cap space after winning the title in 2011 with the hope of signing Deron Williams and Dwight Howard this summer. Of course, Howard waived his right to become a free agent, and Williams chose to remain with the Nets. Then out of nowhere, Kidd left for the Knicks.

Even though he’s upset, Cuban says he’s actually happy that Deron Williams chose the Nets.

“But in hindsight, I don’t know if I would have been happy. I think we’re in better position now than we would have been if we had gotten him,” said Cuban.

The Mavs filled the voids with a trade for Darren Collison, and by signing Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, and O.J. Mayo. Their underrated moves have paid off in the past, so maybe we’ll see the same thing again. And if Dwight Howard doesn’t like the way his season goes with the Lakers, he could always sign with the Mavs next year.

Since Cuban isn’t planning to retire Kidd’s number, maybe he can give the honor to another former Dallas player instead.

H/T Black Sports Online

Jason Kidd busted for DWI after crashing into a telephone pole

As the Knicks sort through their Raymond Felton-Jeremy Lin mess, they have a new one on their hands. Newly signed Jason Kidd was popped with a drunken driving charge after the point guard crashed into a telephone pole in the Hamptons early Sunday morning, according to the Southampton police. Here’s the New York Daily News:

Kidd, 39, the only person in his 2010 Cadillac Escalade, was treated at for minor injuries following the single-car accident that occurred at 1:56 a.m. near Kidd’s summer home in the Hamptons, according to police. He was treated at Southampton Hospital, transferred to Southampton police station for processing, and then arraigned on a misdemeanor DWI charge, according to police.

Kidd signed with the Knicks on Thursday for three years, $9.5 million under the impression (along with the rest of us) that he would be backing up and mentoring Jeremy Lin, whom the Knicks were believed to be bringing back at any cost. But with the Knicks’ acquisition of Raymond Felton from the Blazers on Saturday, it appears they won’t be matching the Rockets’ offer sheet for Lin, whenever it comes.

So, Kidd went from mentoring one of the bright and potentially rising stars in this league to possibly carrying the load of an overweight and allegedly out-of-shape point guard who was a diva in Portland last season. I think we just figured out what drove Kidd to drinking.

Jason Kidd and Deron Williams turned out not to be a package deal

Jason Kidd stunningly announced on Thursday that decided to sign with the Knicks instead of remaining with the Mavs.

Kidd had said on Wednesday “I’ve always loved playing with Dallas and I’d love to finish my career there,” but apparently things didn’t work out.

Another side story to Kidd’s surprising choice to sign with the Knicks is that it proved one media report incorrect.

Ric Bucher reported last Saturday that Kidd would sign wherever Williams signed. Bucher’s report was disputed by Chris Broussard who said the two were not a “package deal.” Apparently Broussard did get that one correct.

Plans changed when the Nets decided to offer their mid-level exception to Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic. That choice left Kidd deciding between the Knicks and the Mavs, and he chose New York.

And I guess Deron Williams really was messing with everyone when he sent a golfing tweet last week, though that did show Williams was comfortable in New York which is where he signed.

Deron Williams, Jason Kidd mock media, fans in fantastic fashion

Deron Williams is the top free agent in the NBA and new stories speculating about his future seem to arise daily. Williams has made light of these reports in the past, but he took it a step further on Thursday when he tweeted about golfing with Jason Kidd, who is also a free agent.

Below is Williams’ mocking tweet, along with a reply from Kidd:

Well done, gentleman. Their sarcastic tone apparently was lost on some fans that replied on Twitter with “Dallas” or “Brooklyn.”

While everything points to Williams staying with the Nets, the truth is we probably won’t find out where he’s headed until next week.

Oh, and even though Williams will say I’m falling into his trap of reading into his tweets/who he’s spending time with, I do think those details are indicators about a player’s plans.