Thursday, January 3, 2008

Jason Kidd provides some of his own Magic in Florida

A New Year and a couple of new milestones for New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd.

Passed 9,000 assists (9,007).

Fourth place all-time in rebounds among guards (Kidd now has 6,566 rebounds, surpassing Earvin "Magic" Johnson's total by seven.)

All in a day's work for J-Kidd.

Associated Press Writer Travis Reed wrote:

January 2, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kidd proved again why he is one of the NBA's most versatile guards, making a key defensive stop and nearly getting a triple double to lift the New Jersey Nets over the Orlando Magic in a 96-95 comeback Wednesday night.

He accomplished two impressive feats. Kidd entered the game one assist shy of 9,000 and three rebounds short of Magic Johnson for fourth place on the career list for rebounds by a guard.

He accomplished both in the first 5 minutes, but Kidd didn't want to talk about that. He was more interested in winning for Nets assistant Brian Hill, fired as Magic coach last season, and Darrell Armstrong, a veteran guard who got his start here.

"When my career is over I will have plenty of time to look at my stats and see hopefully that I can keep climbing up the ladder," said Kidd, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. "Some of those guys are pretty good. I haven't really thought about that."

Nets beat writer Julian Garcia quoted Nets Head Coach Lawrence Frank:

“It’s unbelievable,” said Lawrence Frank. “It’s not to be taken lightly. He’ll probably deflect it, and all he cares about is the win. But from a individual standpoint it’s obviously beyond impressive. It’s remarkable. He’s still going strong. He still has a lot of tread left on those tires and he’s going to continue to move up the ladder in both those categories. But I think all he cares about is winning.”

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