Thursday , Dec , 06 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Jason Kidds Allegedly Skips Game, Time To Leave New Jersey Nets?

Jason Kidd allegedly played hokey last night, calling in sick and taking a break from his job as table-setter for the New Jersey Nets. Without their superstar and leader, the Nets lost to their cross-river rivals the New York Knicks. Of course, the real story was Kidd’s absence …

The New York Post’s Fred Kerber reports on Jason Kidd’s ‘absence’ from last night’s Nets-Knicks game:

Jason Kidd was "on strike" last night, several team sources claimed. He essentially called in sick, perhaps seeking to force a trade from the Nets or gain a contract extension.

Coach Lawrence Frank said Kidd phoned him complaining of a migraine yesterday at about 2 p.m. Kidd never showed for the Nets’ 100-93 defeat against the Knicks, also short-handed, at the Meadowlands last night.

"Everyone is going to have to sit down and figure out where we go from here," one source claimed.

My Very Quick Take: Jason Kidd allegedly played hokey last night, calling in sick and taking a break from his job as table-setter for the New Jersey Nets.

Without their superstar and leader, the Nets lost to their cross-river rivals the New York Knicks. Of course, the real story was Kidd’s absence.

Was he really sick? Or was he taking a "me" day in an effort to force a trade or position himself for a new contract?

Either way, Kidd’s days of grabbing triple-doubles in the swamps of Jersey may be over. Last year, the Nets nearly moved him at the trade deadline and with a disappointing 9-10 record they’ll listen to all offers.

And there will be offers. Cleveland needs a one-guard. Kobe Bryant would love to have his Team USA backcourt mate in Los Angeles. And Dallas is also an option.

All this talk about Kidd’s absence may be much ‘ado about nothing. The Nets and their star have been heading in different directions for quite some time.

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