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Nets keep Kidd as deadline passes

February 23, 2007

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— Jason Kidd remained with the New Jersey Nets as the NBA trade deadline passed Thursday amid concerns about his health.

The team confirmed reports on Thursday that Kidd has a cracked rib in addition to the back injury that forced him to miss two games and the NBA All-Star game.

Nets coach Lawrence Frank defended the team's decision not to publicize the rib injury, saying it didn't force Kidd to miss any games and was only discovered when Kidd's back was being examined.

"The implication was that it was being concealed, which would be a falsehood," Frank said. "We're not going to disclose every nick, bruise or bump that's not preventing a guy from playing."

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