Jason Kidd will always be remembered as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. His playoff success, pin point passing, and leadership put him in an elite group of point guards. But Kidd isn’t just beating most of his competition, he’s beating LeBron James.
In his playing and coaching career, Kidd is a combined 23-17 against James. This includes 3-0 as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets against James’ Heat.
What is it about Kidd? Kidd is noted for being one of the smartest players on the court and it could be a reason for his success against James. The 2011 NBA Finals was Kidd’s finest moment when he played a huge role in a victory over the Heat in six games. James was nowhere to be found in the fourth quarters. With the 2013-14 Nets 3-0 against the Heat and LeBron struggling to adapt, it’s obvious that Kidd’s mental game is as sharp as ever.
Odds are heavily stacked against the Nets to win the 2014 NBA Championship, however if the No. 2 seed Heat remain at the second spot they just may verse the Nets in the first round. This will of course occur if the Nets drop down to the seven seed in the Eastern Conference. The Nets are filled with players who have given James trouble in the past such as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Boston Nets? Pierce, Garnett, and coach Kidd have all eliminated James in the playoffs.
Maybe Kidd and the Nets will stun the basketball world. Maybe they will eliminate the Heat and go far in the playoffs. The Nets have the mental aspect and the experience, they just need to do it physically in the postseason.