Kurylo at ESPN and NYTimes, Nets Version
So two things Kurylo have gone up today. First the NYTimes ran my piece on Jason Kidd reinventing himself as the guard version of Steve Novak.
It has been five seasons since Kidd last wore a Nets uniform, but it has been nearly a decade since he last led the Nets to the N.B.A. finals. Ten years can be a lifetime for an N.B.A. point guard. Kidd entered a league dominated by Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon, was foiled by Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan, but bested LeBron James and Dwayne Wade for his only ring, with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
In a way, Kidd has experienced the league’s evolution over the last two decades. Perhaps this intimacy has given him the shrewdness to transform his game.
Once a defensive wizard and passing virtuoso with a suspect jumper, today Kidd is one of the league’s best 3-point specialists. He is second in the league in 3-point shooting percentage, just behind Dallas’s O.J. Mayo. Among players who qualify for the league leaders, Kidd has the fourth-highest ratio of 3-point to 2-point attempts. It’s an amazing transformation, considering that earlier in his career with the Suns, Kidd cut back on his 3-pointers because he was so bad at them.
Then ESPN’s has my 5-5 thoughts, defending the Knicks against the upstart-wannabees.
The Barclays Center may be near the Long Island Rail Road and a number of subway stations, which is fine for true Gothamists and “Lawn Guy Landers.” But if you live north of the city, the Garden is a short jaunt from Grand Central. If you’re west in New Jersey, it’s easier to take the PATH, NJ Transit or the Lincoln Tunnel. Only the most hard-core Nets fans will brave the traffic quadfecta that is the Holland Tunnel, crosstown on Canal Street, the Manhattan Bridge and Flatbush Avenue to see their team.
READ THEM IN THEIR ENTIRETY OR DIE. MUHAHAHAHAHA!