New Jersey guard Jason Kidd has a huge decision to make in the next few weeks. Should he stay in New Jersey or move on to another team.
Is it about the money or the title or both?
Maybe Jason Kidd could finally nail down that elusive championship with San Antonio or Sacramento or the Lakers.
However, sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side.
True or False? Kidd’s best chance to win a title ring isn’t with the Nets.
With San Antonio, who have loads of money, Kidd could play for a championship team and get a sizable contract.
With the Kings and Lakers, Kidd will have the opportunity to play alongside talented all stars. However, he would probably have to take a substantial pay cut.
The best possible situation for the Nets’ point guard could be to stay put in New Jersey.
Yes, Kidd stated soon after his Nets team lost to San Antonio in the 2003 NBA Finals that he wants to win a championship and isn’t sure if the Nets can achieve that goal.
New Jersey, though, is the best team in the Eastern Conference and is a consistent offensive player away from being one of the elite clubs in the league.
With Kidd, Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson, the Nets have a solid nucleus.
If New Jersey can pick up a consistent shooter that can hit a few outside shots, it will be much more effective in the half-court. The Nets are a great fastbreak club. However, the Spurs got back on defense throughout the NBA Finals and forced the Nets to play in the half-court.
We all know how the Nets fared in this area.
They shot under 40 percent from the floor and had too many dry spells where they couldn’t score.
New Jersey led for most of Game 6 before a 19-0 Spurs’ run ended their season. During that stretch, Nets’ players had open shots but couldn’t hit them.
Kidd showed that he can take over in a playoff game when his club needs him. Now all he needs is some consistent scoring.
The Nets got swept by the Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals and played the Spurs closely in six tough games in the recent championship series.
They have shown that they are improving each season and they have one of the top young coaches in the league in Byron Scott.
If Kidd chooses to stay in New Jersey and the club can get a little more offense, they should be the team to beat in the East.
True or False? Lennox Lewis should be considered one of the great heavyweight boxers of all time.
Whether or not Lewis pummels Vitali Klitschko on Saturday night for the WBC title is irrelevant right now.
Lewis gains little with a win and loses a lot more with a stunning loss.
In Klitschko, Lewis will face a big, strong boxer with an unorthodox style. Lewis has had just two weeks to prepare for the 32-1 Klitschko who stands at 6-feet, 8-inches tall, three inches taller than Lewis.
In most of Lewis’ fights, he towers over his foes and wears them down with technique and brute force.
Lewis has been considered by many as a super heavyweight due to his 6-5, 250-pound frame.
This will be one of the rare times when size and strength will not favor Lewis.
Having said that, Klitschko hasn’t faced a “who’s who” list of heavyweights. His biggest fight came against IBF champion Chris Byrd, who easily defeated Klitschko.
Many experts predict that Lewis will blitz the Russian early in this fight and dispatch him rather easily.
Even with a crushing win, Lewis’ reputation and place in the history of the sport will not change.
That’s because Lewis has already established himself as one of the greats of his generation.
He has fought and beat all of the top heavyweights of his time in some fashion or another.
He crushed Evander Holyfield in two fights, battered an aged but still effective Mike Tyson in his last title defense and bombed Riddick Bowe for Olympic gold early in his career.
His size and skill are unmatched by any established or wannabe heavyweight (Roy Jones Jr.) in the sport today.
Even in his two professional losses, he bounced back to pound both Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman.
His only challenger right now is Byrd who currently holds the IBF title but is 5-11 and would be giving up 35 or 40 pounds of weight in the fight.
Lewis would have this weight and height advantage against most of the great heavyweights of all time.
He isn’t in the same league with Ali but he might be a close second.