Jason Kidd celebrated his 40th birthday in a Knick uniform on Saturday night. The question now is: will he be celebrating his 41st in orange and blue? Kidd is under contract for another two years, and Mike Woodson believes the 19-year veteran can fulfill the full obligation of his deal. “Absolutely. I really do,” Woodson said. “And I say that because he’s figured out how to train. And I said this [Friday], there's certain athletes that come along in a lifetime and play various sports, I call them freaks man. They just seem to keep ticking, nothing seems to bother them or faze them from a physical standpoint or a mental standpoint. Yeah, I think he can play two more years. Absolutely.” Kidd, though, isn’t so sure. He told reporters in Toronto on Friday that he will take a wait-and-see approach to the final two years of his contract. "We're going to revisit," he said. "We would love to make it to 42, but we have to be realistic. If the body and mind can't compete at the same time then I've got to move to the side and watch these younger guys play." Kidd’s future presents an interesting conundrum for the Knicks’ front office. Publicly, they’ll say they’d love to have him back. Kidd was a driving force in their 18-5 start (remember when he was shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc?). The future Hall of Famer also figures to be an integral piece in any playoff run the team makes. Kidd’s scoring 6.6 points, grabbing 4.2 rebounds and handing out 3.4 assists per game for the Knicks. He’s made 48 starts but is now the point guard for the Knicks’ second unit. “He's taking care of himself and he's still running up and down and helping you win basketball games,” Woodson said. “And that means a lot.” But what would it mean for the Knicks if Kidd decided to retire?
How long will Kidd last?
ESPN | Mar 26