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Old 03-23-2005, 05:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

Jason Kidd told the New York Post that he is playing out the season under the belief that Richard Jefferson will be unable to return.

"I don't foresee RJ coming back," Kidd said. "You've got to go with the team you have. I've been in this situation once before with Penny [Hardaway] in Phoenix. Especially in this part of the season, to count on one person coming back, that's a lot to ask from one guy."

Jefferson still believes that he will be able to play again this season, in an attempt to help the Nets reach the playoffs.

"Of course. Those are my plans," said Jefferson, who underwent left-wrist surgery Jan. 20. "That's what I'm working every day toward. That's what I'm pushing myself toward. If it doesn't happen, it won't be because I didn't try. It's because my body didn't allow it."

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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

I hope RJ does return, but its good for the team to play as if he won't.
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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

Kidd is basically saying you cannot hang your hat on RJ coming back and I agree with him. What if the Nets did rely on RJ coming back and he doesn't make it? Is it all over?

Heck no and that is what Kidd is saying.
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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

I saw this in realgm can anybody here confirm this?

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According to 660 WFAN, he could be back on April 2nd against the Magic. I'm really hoping that is correct, becaus eI am going to that game.
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Yeah, Kidd's got it right. They can't rely on RJ coming back and then let their own play weaken. Everyone needs to play as if this is their last chance.
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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

Yeah, I think its just his way of getting the team to not bank on him being there.
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Yeah, I think its just his way of getting the team to not bank on him being there.

On top of that, even if he does come back, no matter when, he will not be in game shape and will be really rusty in every respect.

I think he would hurt more than help at first.
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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

Possibly, but I think it would definitely help to have him coming in off the bench if we do make it to the play-offs. Even if he can't do a whole lot and can only play a couple minutes, the other teams defense will still have to worry about him, which only helps Kidd and Carter.
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Possibly, but I think it would definitely help to have him coming in off the bench if we do make it to the play-offs. Even if he can't do a whole lot and can only play a couple minutes, the other teams defense will still have to worry about him, which only helps Kidd and Carter.

Yeah, I would have to agree with that. I would not want RJ starting and messing up whatever delicate balance we have now with the current starting 5. It took so long for them to kind of get it together.

Right now, when Kidd sits, VC is on the floor, and vice versa. Lawrence always has one of them out there with the bench. It would be nice if RJ was part of that bench, so at any given time, there woudl be 2 of the big 3 out there at once.

I think that was the theory behind Jamison and Stackhouse coming off the bench in Dallas. You could no longer match scrub to scrub if there is an All Star coming off the bench. Hopefully the All Star can take advantage of the scrubs in the case of RJ...
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Kidd is basically saying you cannot hang your hat on RJ coming back and I agree with him. What if the Nets did rely on RJ coming back and he doesn't make it? Is it all over?

Heck no and that is what Kidd is saying.
I agree wholeheartedly with your interpretation.
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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

If that is how he feels, maybe that is why their play has gotten better?

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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

I was listening to L.Frank on Espn Radio, he said there is a long shot that RJ be back by playoffs
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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

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I was listening to L.Frank on Espn Radio, he said there is a long shot that RJ be back by playoffs
That hurts to hear, but Lawrence isn't a doctor. Have any formal declarations by RJ or his physician been made? I would really like an update of how his physical training is going. Is he practicing with the team at all?
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Re: Kidd Doesn't Expect RJ To Return

would you want him to come back? i mean he could hurt if he comes back too early
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would you want him to come back? i mean he could hurt if he comes back too early

One thing we all know, it'll be hard to keep RJ from playing if we do get to the play-offs. I think a lot of it depends on which spot we get in the play-offs too.
If we allow him to play, we'd definitely have to be careful with him so that he doesn't reinjure the wrist. I don't think he would play a whole lot, probably just enough to pose a threat to the other team. He'll be rusty, but it would give the other team another player to worry about, and open up things for Kidd and Carter. That's my take on it.
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