Eternal Kidd Wants To Play 20 Years

DALLAS – He might be 38 years old, but there are days when Jason Kidd feels like he could play basketball forever. Or close to it.

“I would like to get to 20 years,” Kidd said following the opening workout of the season for the defending champion Mavericks. “I feel great. So if I can survive this sprint of 66 games, we’ll see how I feel come next year.”

The 38-year-old Kidd averaged 7.9 points, 8.2 assists and 33.2 minutes per game last season. While the reigning champs may have lost Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler already to free agency, their point guard is back in his spot in the starting lineup.

“I would love to keep going,” Kidd said. “I was joking with Dirk. I said, ‘We can retire together.’

“This is 18. I would love to get to 20. I think that would be a great feat through everybody forgetting my name and always just calling me old. You can call me ‘Twenty’ at that point.

“As a kid you just think about playing. Then you look back at it and say, ‘If I can get past eight years, I’ve had a great career.’ Now it’s going on 18, so why stop now?”

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle did not bat an eye at the notion of Kidd still running the offense and sticking 3-pointers at age 41.

“I have a good perspective on this, because I had Reggie Miller when he was 39 and at that point he was averaging 33, 34 minutes for us in Indiana,” Carlisle said. “He was a guy that was scoring 16 to 18 points a game and he was still a big-time player.

“Reggie chose to stop at age 39. He felt that was enough for him. Jason Kidd is very similar to Reggie. He takes great care of his body. He has great love and respect for the game and has adapted as the years have gone on. Not only has the game changed, but his skills have changed. And I’m talking about things he’s added to his game. It’s not anything that he’s lost.

“He’s a very unique person. You see guys like this about once or twice a decade.”

5 Comments

  1. Argoscorp says:

    KIDD forever!!!!

    INMORTAL!! the day you retire, nba will be different…

  2. Gary says:

    I like Kidd’s mentality. If you believe you got two more left in you, then you can do it.

  3. Jason Kidd & Steve Nash says:

    two of a kind

  4. Good for you Jason Kidd. Keep up the good work 🙂

  5. Max. W says:

    It seems like up till now the only names involved with the Knicks have been CP3, Superman, and Grant Hill. Now it seems like Tyson Chandler is going to end up in the Big Apple. Although, he’s not a superstar like Cp3 or Dwight Howard he is the key to the Knicks’ success. Let’s examine why they are the match made in heaven.

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