Archive for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Report: Kidd asks for trade

January 30, 2008


— Jason Kidd may want to leave New Jersey, but that desire apparently isn't shared by his fans.

Kidd was greeted by the usual loud cheers when he was introduced before Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee, a day after the All-Star point guard publicly demanded to be traded.

He gave the announced crowd of 14,133 a vintage performance, scoring seven points and forcing a key turnover in the final 1:42 to help New Jersey hold off the Bucks 87-80 and snap a nine-game losing streak.

The only scattered boos came when Kidd shot a technical foul in the third quarter.

Afterward, Kidd mostly deflected questions about comments he made to ESPN The Magazine on Monday, though he said he appreciated the fans' reception.

"I've been here for seven years, and I've given a lot to the Nets and New Jersey's given a lot back to me," he said. "For a comment to ruin everything we've had, I didn't think that was going to be the scenario."

In an interview in ESPN The Magazine on Monday Kidd said of the Nets, "We tried to make this work. We've found out it doesn't. It's time for us all to move on."

Asked before the game whether he was disappointed that Kidd went public with his opinions, Nets coach Lawrence Frank said, "I don't personalize it. I'm more disappointed about where we are as a team right now. My job is to get us out of this hole that we've dug ourselves."


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