Jason Kidd Wants to Make Life Easier for Amar’e Stoudemire
The New York Knicks are poised for success next season and a lot of that is thanks to the great additions at the point guard position. The Knicks added three new point guards this off-season, headlined by Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton. Felton will be the starter for New York, whereas Kidd will be the primary back-up who will bring leadership and a championship persona to the roster.
Still, Kidd would like to do more for the Knicks than just be a speaker in the locker-room. He wants to make his teammates around him better, including Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire. Stoudemire was an elite forward with the Suns and he had Steve Nash with him, which made his life very easy. Nash found Stoudemire everywhere on the court for open looks and Kidd would like to do the same for his forward.
Pro Basketball Talk writes that Kidd is hoping to give Stoudemire what Nash gave him during their days in Phoenix.
“With Amar’e, I hope I can be like a Nash to be able to get him the ball where he likes it to be successful. Make it where he doesn’t have to work as hard, easy layups, catch and shoot where he likes it,” Kidd explained.
Kidd is now 39 years old, but he is certainly capable of leading a team as a point guard. Kidd was the starter for the Dallas Mavericks in 2010 and he helped bring the franchise it’s first ever NBA championship. Kidd has an uncanny knack of finding his teammates open looks and assists come by easier for him than points do. Even though he is no longer an athletic player, Kidd can use his high basketball IQ to make sure players like Stoudemire are getting the ball where they need it.
However, when the Knicks are desperate for a bucket, Kidd has proven that he can knock down clutch three pointers. Pressure situations do not faze a proven guard like Kidd, and having that type of player on the court in the fourth quarter will work wonders for the Knicks.