The accusations that Peter Vescey’s been ripping off a blog are more sobering than the Rollins-eque quantity of coffee I’ve guzzled today. Though considering Poison Pete’s long standing habit of giving credit to the unheralded likes of Frank Drucker, it seems out of character. In Sunday’s Post, Vescey raises the very real possibility of Jason Kidd returning to the Bay Area.
Would the Nets accept, say, Jason Richardson (four years and $55M left after this one), Adonal Foyle (two years and $19M) and rising-free-agent Michael Pietrus (above)? If Jason Collins (two years and $12.3M) were included in the deal, most certainly!
Even should Golden State refuse, I’d do it because it would terminate the guesswork regarding Vince Carter’s contract intentions at season’s end. Of course, should Carter verbally commit to the Nets before Thursday’s trade deadline – and it’s established he isn’t using Carlos Boozer’s agent or wife as consultants – that abruptly ends any notion of dealing Kidd to the Warriors.
The Nets’ insistence that Collins accompany Kidd to LA is an obstruction in that trade negotiation, but not intractable, I’m guessing. If a better offer than expiring contracts, draft picks, cash and Kwame Brown or Brian Cook doesn’t materialize within the next four days, I’m inclined to believe Kidd will return to the Triangle Offense from whence he began as a rebellious rookie in Dallas under Jim Cleamons, off and on assistant to Phil Jackson for the last 15 years or so.
The Washington Post’s Michael Lee has all the dirt on some sort of impromtu dance contest that took place at the Eastern Conference’s practice yesterday. Along with referencing the film “Breakin'”, Lee pleads ignorance when Gilbert Arenas insists “I’m not a breakdancer. I clown walk. I stomp, all that, that teenage stuff.” There’s your generation gap, folks.
Quote of the weekend goes to Cleveland’s Damon Jones, who after finishing a distant 5th to Jason Kapono in the 3-point contest last night told the Beacon Journal’s Brian Windhorst, “`I’m still the world’s greatest shooter. I’ll just have to keep that `self-proclaimed’ part.”