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Warriors? Is Jason Kidding?
All-Star insists coming home 'might be best'
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Jason Kidd said Wednesday he might consider signing with the Golden State Warriors when he becomes a free agent next summer.
"I want to win a championship, that's the bottom line," Kidd said. "Coming back home might be the best thing, but is that possible? I don't know."

Kidd, who revitalized his turbulent career while leading the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals last season, still loves the Bay Area, where he was a prep star at St. Joseph High in Alameda before two seasons at Cal. His wife, Joumana, also is from the area, and they keep a home in Foster City, so they'll have a place to stay when their parents want to see the grandkids.

Kidd maintains that playing with Golden State is an option, even though the team appears several years away from title contention.

"You've got to remember, nobody thought New Jersey would have a chance to go to the finals," Kidd said. "Sometimes, it's that one guy."

Current New Jersey assistant coach Eddie Jordan is one of three candidates to become the Warriors' head coach -- the other two possibilities are current coach Brian Winters and Atlanta assistant Eric Musselman.

In addition to his individual accomplishments, which included eight triple-doubles, Kidd led New Jersey to the Atlantic Division title with a 52-30 record, 26 games better than its finish in 2000-01. Many called him the league's MVP, but he lost out to San Antonio's Tim Duncan by just 57 points in the voting.

He's gearing up for a stint with the U.S. team at the World Championships in Indianapolis next month -- starting with a six-day training camp in the Bay Area -- before beginning the final year of his contract with the Nets.

Kidd has relaxed, spent time with his family and played golf since the Nets were swept by the Lakers last month. He averaged 14.7 points, 9.9 assists and 7.3 rebounds during a brilliant regular season that earned him All-NBA first-team status.

Kidd was in Redwood City on Wednesday to accept what might be Generation X's equivalent of a spot on a Wheaties box: a spot on the cover of EA Sports' NBA Live 2003 video game.

"The new, ultimate thing is to be on the box for one of these games," Kidd said. "As a kid, growing up to be on the cover is a dream come true. This is something I always wanted to achieve."

Later, Kidd toured the video game company's sprawling campus with his 3-year-old son, T.J., who waddled around in an EA Sports jersey that reached to his toes.

In a league filled with hundreds of millionaire athletes who also happen to be rabid gamers, Kidd knows he'll be the envy of his peers as the latest cover athlete in the company's popular series of sports games.

"I can't wait to play it with my teammates," Kidd said. "I hope they didn't make them better than me (in the game)."
 

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Originally posted by mduke
Kidd, who revitalized his turbulent career while leading the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals last season, still loves the Bay Area, where he was a prep star at St. Joseph High in Alameda before two seasons at Cal.
I never knew Jason went to St. Joseph High in Alameda. I lived there when I was a kid, on the Navy base. :)
 

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As much as I would love to have Kidd here, I'm not going to get excited until it becomes a reality. Too many players in all of sports talk about playing back in their home town and then sign w/ someone else. This might be a ploy to get more money from NJ. I hope Kidd truly sees the potential the GSWs have, especially if he joins this group. All he has to do is compair the lineups:

Warriors vs Nets: (w/o Kidd)

PG: Arenas/Logan vs A.Johnson/B.Armstrong/and even if they sign C.Childs. Arenas/Logan wins hands down. Arenas would be the perfect backup to Kidd. If Kidd was on the Warriors, then Logan would be traded. Advantage: Warriors

SG: Richardson/Welsch/Sura vs K.Kittles/L.Harris. While Kittles and Harris played important roles in the playoffs, Richardson/Welsh/Sura would still get the edge because they can attack the basket and shoot, not just spot up for 3s or run a 3 on 1 break. With Kidd running the point, I'm sure me and my grandma do as well as these guys. Advantage: Warriors

SF: Dunleavy/Mills/Welsch vs Van Horn/Jefferson. Van Horn was not a non factor for them. Jefferson was a great spark on the bench. This is a toss up since we have not seen the rookies for the Warriors play. But on potential, Dunleavy and Welsch seem to be ballers. Van Horn has peaked, while skies the limit for Jefferson. Advantage: TIE

PF: Jamison/T.Murphy vs K.Martin/A.Williams. While Martin is a monster dunker, he was non factor before Kidd. Jamison was nearly an All-Star the last time he played the PF position and Murphy is great role player who can do it all. I would seriously take Jamison/Murphy over Martin/Williams anyday. Advantage: Warriors

C: Foyle/Dampier vs T.Maculloch/J.Collins. T.Mac (not TRACY) does have better post up moves than Damp., but Foyle is better defensive presence. I would still give the edge to the NJ duo because they are healthier. Advantage: NJ

Hey, where's Fortson? He's going to get traded. Dampier, Sura, and Mills are all on the trading block. The Warriors are still in the position to improve themselves. While the only improvement will come from C.Childs? Yeah, sure. The Warriors will also be in position to sign someone next year as the contracts of their dead weight comes off the books.

Hey Kidd, like New Edition says, you can always "COME BACK HOME"...:p
 

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Originally posted by colossus735
PF: Jamison/T.Murphy vs K.Martin/A.Williams. While Martin is a monster dunker, he was non factor before Kidd. Jamison was nearly an All-Star the last time he played the PF position and Murphy is great role player who can do it all. I would seriously take Jamison/Murphy over Martin/Williams anyday. Advantage: Warriors
I'd actually give the advantage to NJ here. Until Jamison prooves that he can rebound from last season's mess, I'm still going to be sketch about him because it seems like he had confidence issues last season. K-Mart seemed to develop rapidly during last season's playoffs though I do think Jamison is the better player of the 2.

Hopefully, we'll see a Jamison of 2 years past when he posted 23 ppg & 8 rebounds with two 50+ games that year.
 

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You MUST be joking!

Originally posted by colossus735
SF: Dunleavy/Mills/Welsch vs Van Horn/Jefferson. Van Horn was not a non factor for them. Jefferson was a great spark on the bench. This is a toss up since we have not seen the rookies for the Warriors play. But on potential, Dunleavy and Welsch seem to be ballers. Van Horn has peaked, while skies the limit for Jefferson. Advantage: TIE

PF: Jamison/T.Murphy vs K.Martin/A.Williams. While Martin is a monster dunker, he was non factor before Kidd. Jamison was nearly an All-Star the last time he played the PF position and Murphy is great role player who can do it all. I would seriously take Jamison/Murphy over Martin/Williams anyday. Advantage: Warriors
DUDE!

Dunleavy is going to struggle next season, that's all there is to it. He should be a nice player in this league, but Dunleavy/Welsch is a couple of years away from being as good as Van Horn/Jefferson, PERIOD.

I'm not even going to comment on yr assertion that Antawn Jamison is a better player than Kenyon Martin. Absolutely ridiculous. Well, I guess I just commented, whoops!

PEOPLE!

Jason Kidd is NOT going to sign with Golden State! PERIOD! He is doing two things with this statement: a) he's being supportive of professional basketball in the Bay Area, and b) he's reminding the Nets and everybody else in this league that he's going to need to get maxed out next offseason. I mean, COME ON, what are you people THINKING?
 

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Originally posted by mduke
Current New Jersey assistant coach Eddie Jordan is one of three candidates to become the Warriors' head
supposedly, this would have affected kidd's decision big time. had eddie jordan been hired by the warriors, then kidd might have considered following him there, but since jordan is staying with the nets, kidd might just stay too.
 

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Originally posted by mindnsoul


I'd actually give the advantage to NJ here. Until Jamison prooves that he can rebound from last season's mess, I'm still going to be sketch about him because it seems like he had confidence issues last season. K-Mart seemed to develop rapidly during last season's playoffs though I do think Jamison is the better player of the 2.

Hopefully, we'll see a Jamison of 2 years past when he posted 23 ppg & 8 rebounds with two 50+ games that year.
Thats what I'm betting on. When Fortson went down during the last season, Jamison moved back to the PF spot and shined. Jamison is like a pogo stick and can rebound.

Hey Roby, as far as Kidd signing, reread my first paragaraph. As far as Van Horn/Jefferson vs Dunleavy/Welsch your entitled to your opinion as I'am to mine. I just don't see Van Horn getting any better than he is now. Jefferson might even take the starting spot away from him. While the verdict is still out on Dunleavy Jr. The worst he can be is... another Van Horn.

Good for the Warriors for signing a coach who can light a fire under this team. I drove by the Warriors practice facility yesterday and it seemed a bit brighter there.
 

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I think Jason Kidd definitely is one of those players who seriously prefers playing close to home. Even when the Nets were on a high and looking like they were on their way to being the best team in the East he was still talking about coming to the West Coast. If you look at it Golden State has three big things going for them...1 the need for a PG, 2 should have caproom to offer a very big contract, and 3 it couldn't get any closer to home than Golden State. When you look at his potential teammates of Jason Richardson, Antawn Jamison, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Jiri Welsch, and another very high lottery pick, Kidd may be very inticed.
 
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