Jason Kidd's days as a starter may be over. Mike Woodson removed the struggling veteran from the starting lineup prior to last night's 96-88 victory over the Washington Wizards and made Kidd the back-up point guard, the role Kidd expected to play when he signed a three year contract last July. Woodson did not say the move is permanent but considering that Kidd had scored a total of 30 points in 11 games last month, the Knicks can't survive without getting more production from the shooting guard position. "I didn't come in this league as a scorer," Kidd joked, "and it doesn't' look like I'm going to leave as a scorer." Kidd scored four points with five assists in 27 minutes during the Knicks 96-88 victory over the Wizards. Although Iman Shumpert, shifted from small forward to his natural position of shooting guard, scored just three points he gave Woodson the type of defense the team had lacked in recent weeks. James White started at small forward and failed to score in 10 minutes. "With Woody switching the lineup it took a little pressure off J-Kidd," Carmelo Anthony said. "He's been terrific for us all season and when he has the ball in his hands he makes plays for everybody. We didn't expect Jason to play 35, 40 minutes a night. So he comes in off the bench and controls the tempo of the game. That's when he's at his best." Kidd, who turns 40 this month, had started 48 of 49 games this season and is averaging 27.6 minutes. Except for the 12 games Raymond Felton missed with a broken finger, Kidd was mostly used as the starting shooting guard. "I came in thinking I'd be the back-up but with the (injured) guys we had on our roster coached asked me to start," Kidd said. "Whatever they need me to do; starting, coming off the bench…I just want to help the team. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/kidd-ing-woodson-demotes-point-guard-bench-role-article-1.1277673#ixzz2MOkcRmft
Mike Woodson moves Jason Kidd to bench, possibly signaling the end of his days as a starter for NY Knicks
POSTED: 08:07 AM PST Mar 02, 2013 UPDATED: 08:07 AM PST Mar 02, 2013
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