When the New York Knicks signed Jason Kidd to a free-agent contract over the summer, not only did Knicks coaches and brass know they were getting one of the greatest floor generals in the history of the NBA, but they knew they were receiving a player who would have a very positive impact off the court, namely in the locker room.
Joining the Knicks after spending the past few years in Dallas, where he was part of an NBA championship team in 2011, not only did the former Cal star have a new group of teammates to get acclimated to, but he had to play at the two spot for the first time in his career.
A point guard by trade, the Knicks already had point guard Raymond Felton to run the offense. Felton returned to the Big Apple after playing in Denver and Portland the last few years after seeing 54 games of action with New York in 2010-11 — he was dealt to the Nuggets near the trade deadline.
Felton is one of the number of current Knicks who remember idolizing Kidd while growing up ... and now they're teammate. For some that might be a weird experience, but for Felton, it's one he wouldn't trade for anything.
"It's been great for me and my game. He's in my opinion one of the best point guards ever to play this game," Felton said. "Yeah, I did grow up watching him, idolizing him as a point guard and what he used to do out there.
Kidd impacting new team on, off the court
Fox Sports Southwest | Nov 22