KIDD NBA BASKETBALL INTERVIEW
May 30, 2001
Head Honcho / Big Kahuna
Suns point guard Jason Kidd just keeps getting better. InsideHoops.com
Managing Editor Jeff Lenchiner met up with this NBA superstar in Los Angeles
shortly before the start of the 2001 NBA Playoffs.
How does it feel to be at the top of the NBA with your childhood friend,
I think it's exciting, it shows that if you work hard, you can be successful.
Hard work does pay, and you just have to continue to work, and you got
two guys, when you're talking about Gary and myself, we have a God-given
talent, but we worked at it and we're happy to be where we are today.
What kind of stuff did he teach you?
Well he taught me a lot, never to give up, to work hard, don't be afraid
to shoot, he's always told me to look at the basket, no matter what they
say, if they say you can't shoot, show them that you can shoot, so, that's
something that I've been trying to work on.
Your shooting keeps getting better.
Yeah, I'm excited about it, my teammates are telling me to look at the
basket, so that's what I'm trying to do.
And how did it come about, just hard work and time...
A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when
your friends are going out, you're going to the gym, those are the sacrifices
that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player.
And how'd you learn to pass like this?
Oh, I think, watching Magic, him being one of my... I'm one of his biggest
fans, and just trying to emulate what he did, going out on the playground,
and also playing with older guys. When I was a little kid I used to play
with guys twice my age, so, I was the last one picked, so if I picked I
knew that I had to get the ball to the scorer if I wanted to stay on the
court, so that was pretty much my job.
And what do you think of the new zone defenses coming to the NBA next season?
I think it's just another great opportunity for the professional athletes
in this league to show that they can, you know, we're going to have to
break the zone or you're going to have to play a great zone, so we're looking
forward to the new rule changes, but, we'll see how they work out, you
never know how they're going to turn out until you go through it.
And what was your first reaction, "cool" or "damn?"
No... I... you know, there's always new rule changes in this league, last
year they brought in the new rules for this year, so, we just have to adapt
to what they want.
when asked to pick one guy he'd love to add to the Suns: I would go
with a guy like Chris Webber, gives us the inside presence, and he can
go inside and outside, he can pass the ball, you move, he'll find you,
and that just shows the unselfishness of a player like that, and also he's
an MVP candidate, if not the MVP of this league, so, a guy like that would
I think put us over the top.
And if you had to pick MVP, if it was all up to you?
Oh, I think I would have to go with Iverson, you take him off Philadelphia
and I think that team struggles, they've shown that they do struggle without
him. Chris Webber was out for a while and Sacramento held their own. They
got a talented group of guys in Sac, but Iverson, everything goes through
Iverson, so, I would have to pick him.
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