Jason Kidd: “you Got To Give Those Guys Credit They Got Together They Came Up With A Plan, They Executed It And They Are All In Miami.”


Jason Kidd: “You got to give those guys credit they got together they came up with a plan, they executed it and they are all in Miami.”

Sure it’s been a few days since LeBron James announced that he would be taking his game to Miami, but let’s continue with some reaction from his peers with a listen to Jason Kidd. The Dallas Mavericks point guard and future Hall of Famer got to know James, Wade and Bosh fairly well during their time on the U.S. Olympic team that won Gold in BeijingKidd joined ESPN Radio in Chicago to talk about LeBron’s decision, playing with the him, Wade and Bosh in the Olympics, his thoughts on having that many stars on one team, Derek Rose and the rest of the offseason to date.

On if he thinks the three stars in Miami will be able to coexist:

“Well, I think it can work you know. Everybody is going to sit back and wait and watch but the big thing is we are all professionals so for us we have to be ready to play in Miami. I think everybody knows they will be the favorite but you cant look past the Lakers.  I mean they are the champs and LeBron, Wade and Bosh got together and came up with this idea and we will all sit back and wait and see if this idea works.”

On if he was surprised by how much attention and hoopla the free agency period had:

“Well, I don’t know if I was surprised, it was different, this weekend I am up here with Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan and if you were to ask those two what they would have done at a press conference you would probably get a different answer. You know, LeBron is if not the best player in the league and he wants to win a championship and so everyone is going to have their opinions and so we will see what happens. I think it’s a great opportunity to maybe have a dynasty in Miami, but then again nothing is guaranteed in the game of basketball so you still have to go out there and play.”

On if he thinks Derek Rose is good enough to carry a team:

“Oh, I think Derrick is a guy you can build a team around. He is a guy who can score, he can fill the stat sheet up, he can get the rebounds, he can find the open guy and it’s just the right pieces around him. I think it would have been easy for him to say with a guy like LeBron, ’cause LeBron is so good, but I think when it is all said and done Chicago is a team that is going to compete for a championship. And it’s going to be a little bit more patient now because they didn’t get LeBron, D-Wade or Bosh, but they still have talent there.”

On if he got any sense that the three would unite in Miami when all were playing on the Olympic team in Beijing:

“Everyone jokes about that, you know, on the bus or at practice, how nice it would be to play with a guy so, you can say yes they talked about it, but maybe it was more of a joking situation, or that was maybe trash and they did have a plan back in the Olympics, but you got to give those guys credit they got together they came up with a plan, they executed it and they are all in Miami.”

On if he thinks there should be no more than two legit stars on any one team:

“Well, I think we would love to spread everybody out. We had 10 or 15 of the top players on separate teams where guys were coming into town and they could sell tickets. It’s not going to be easy for teams to sell tickets in Cleveland or Toronto now because those guys aren’t on the team. I think everybody can say Miami will sell out wherever they go all year, but that hurts the NBA in the sense of selling tickets its just for them to go West teams are only going to see them once, and then on the East coast they only go there twice, so it maybe disappointing on that aspect but when you talk about just straight basketball it will be interesting and fun to watch.”
Listen here to Kidd on ESPN Radio Chicago with the Afternoon Saloo

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