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Jason Kidd's benching could be permanent


08:23 AM ET 03.02 | Knicks coach Mike Woodson finally pulled the trigger and benched ice cold Jason Kidd for last night's 96-88 victory over the Wizards. Kidd moved from starting shooting guard to backup point guard and the switch could be permanent. Kidd said he and Woodson discussed the move two days ago. "Coach and I talked about it -- whatever the coach needs me to do," Kidd said. "Maybe it will put the ball in my hands a little more and see what happens. I try to make plays for other guys and do the little things. That's what I do." James White, known as a defender, was inserted into the starting lineup at small forward, and the timing is no coincidence. White was brushing up to face LeBron James of the Heat tomorrow at the Garden. White, in a limited role, handled James nicely in the teams' most recent meeting, in Miami in December when Carmelo Anthony was injured. White played just 10:12 last night and didn't score. Kidd came off the bench for 28 minutes and looked more spry, despite a 2-for-6 shooting ledger. He had four points, five assists and three rebounds.

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March 2, 2013  08:28 AM ET

This article is misleading. Have we positively determined Mike Woodson IS a coach yet?

March 2, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Jonas went to Nineveh.... Shumpet is the problem - not Kidd.

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March 2, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Kidd at the 2 and Shump at the 3 was awful...
It's about time they adjust the lineup.

March 2, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Since when was Kidd a 2?

March 2, 2013  09:54 AM ET

even 28 minutes is too much for kiddthe guy is FORTYhe should be playing 25 minutes MAX- at least in the regular seasonand come playoffs- you go with who's hot and who's playing best

Jidd playing well for big minutes at the start of the season was a bonus, but like you said; he's forty.

His role should have him playing less...fresh for the playoffs when they GO FOR THE RING!

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March 2, 2013  10:36 AM ET

You're Not A Kid Anymore, Bro.

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March 2, 2013  01:16 PM ET

all woody has to do is play a normal rotation-2 guards, 2 forwards and a centerbetween felton, shump and smith.....he should be the 4th guardif he's having a good game- leave him in there- if not- player coach from the bench

I think Kidd is the primary reason NY got off to a good start. His team style of play was infectious. If he's worn down or unable to perform it's curtains for the Knicerbockers.

March 2, 2013  01:17 PM ET

Kidd like Nash are older players and should not spend extended minutes on the court. Both have worked on their shooting and are a threat for outside. While they can still make plays, both cannot keep up with the younger athletic PGs. Time cathces up to everyone.

Father Time wins in the end. But, NY has zero chance in the playoffs without an effective Kidd.

March 2, 2013  01:25 PM ET

Woody should find a way to get Kidd more rest. With fresh legs he could be nice

He's needed.

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