When you think of Veteran Point Guards still active in the NBA that can be a difference maker on any team, those names that quickly come to mind are the likes of Steve Nash, Chauncey Billups, Derek Fisher and Jason Kidd. I am sure there are other point guards in the NBA right now that can be difference makers, but when you look for pure leadership, guys who have been in battles before and know how to win, you would be a lucky team to land any one of the four I mentioned.
What the New York Knicks probably envisioned was Jason Kidd coming down court and making those no look accurate passes to Carmelo Anthony for an easy layup, or to Amare Stoudemire for a monster dunk. The Knicks probably envisioned Jason Kidd, who once before starred in the metropolitan area with the New Jersey Nets, becoming a sort of savior for a team looking for a pure point guard. Now don’t count out Jeremy Lin, he made a huge impact last season before he was injured and having Kidd there to mentor him will be huge for Lin’s game. Now this is all speculation that Kidd will be Lin’s mentor on and off the court, because Lin has yet to sign with the Knicks and actually signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, which now has put the ball in the Knicks court to match the offer and bring Lin back. Rumor has it that the Knicks will do that, which will be a better move than just signing Kidd. Lin proved to be able to handle the pressure of playing in New York and became an instant star, how he gels with Carmelo Anthony for a full season will ride heavily on the shoulders of Kidd. And other than the players mentioned above, there is no other player still active that is best suited for this job. Kidd will make Lin not only a better basketball player, but a better leader.
The Knicks have not made it out of the first round of the playoffs since the 1999-2000 season. That is over 12 years ago and with adding Kidd and Marcus Camby, the Knicks hope to end that drought. The 2011-2012 season did end on a disappointing note, but new stars emerged and old stars were brought in to build a chemistry that will be able to compete with the Miami Heat and other powerhouse teams in the East.
There is no telling how this 2012-2013 Knicks team will play together. On paper they look pretty good, but New York Knicks fans know all too well that what you see on paper does not always transfer over to the court. It can be hit and miss this year. One thing is certain, the Knicks will be very competitive but what is not sure is how they will respond to adversity and knowing that the Miami Heat, with their own new additions have gotten just as strong as the Knicks hope to become. Can Jason Kidd be the difference maker that will lead the Knicks back to the Finals?, only time and health will tell. One thing is for sure, the Knicks will still be the hottest ticket in town, even if the New Jersey Nets are now in their backyard in Brooklyn. Unless Dwight Howard makes a long anticipated appearance in a Brooklyn Nets uniform, the Knicks look to own the city once again. But the addition of Howard to the Nets, can be another interesting angle to the Knicks upcoming season.