Are The Lakers Kidd-ing?
At the heart of the swirling vortex of NBA trade rumors this week is a whopper involving the Lakers -- the chance to bring in All-Star point guard Jason Kidd. It’s the big topic on local and national sports talk radio, basketball message boards and barstool conversations. It’s the sports talk equivalent of Anna Nicole this week.
You probably don’t want to be Kidd’s wife, but being his teammate makes a lot of sense for the Lakers. Their weakest position is point guard, and Kidd would be an instant and huge upgrade. The Lakers would quickly vault to potential contenders for the title, if not this spring than certainly next season.
Ah, but the real world is never really that simple, is it? There are a couple big hurdles -- starting with the fact a deal would need to be done by Thursday’s trading deadline.
Next, the Lakers run the complex triangle offense, and the inventor of that offense -- Laker consultant Tex Winter -- told the brillant Laker writer Roland Lazenby he’s not sure Kidd is a good fit. Winter wondered if Kidd might become what Gary Payton was to the 2004 Laker squad — a distraction that turns the triangle into a rhombus.
That’s part of the hesitation over Nets guard Jason Kidd. He rebelled mightily against the triangle when (current Laker assistant) Jim Cleamons tried to run it as coach of the Dallas Mavericks in the 1990s. “Kidd does like to have the ball in his hands an awful lot,” triangle guru Tex Winter observed.