When Jason Kidd entered the league he didn’t have much of an outside shot — he was a fantastic talent but he was not a guy you feared from three. That has changed over time. Part of the reason is Bob Thate, who was the shooting coach for the Nets when Kidd was there.
Now Thate is the Clippers shooting coach. Before the Knicks fell to the Clippers Sunday afternoon, Kidd worked out for Thate for about 30 minutes, talking shooting, something commentator Jeff Van Gundy talked about during the broadcast.
Kidd shot 51 percent from three in the first 10 games of the season and was still shooting well for the next 20, however in his last 20 games Kidd is shooting 23.8 percent from three. He’s lost his touch and he needs it back for the playoffs. So he talked to Thate, he told the New York Daily News.
“He helped me out a little bit, what I was doing wrong,” Kidd said. “I’ve known him for a long time, his family. I’m happy he’s working with the Clippers and Blake (Griffin). He just pointed out a couple of things, just trying to help you out.”
Kidd then promptly went out knocked down three of five from beyond the arc. We’ll see if that trend continues, if a little coaching from his past can get Kidd’s shot falling again.
PBT Podcast: Lakers, Pacific Division preview with Mark Medina of L.A. Daily News
The ProBasketballTalk Podcast at NBC Sports is done with its summer hiatus, and there will be a couple of podcasts a week now running through the NBA season, trade deadline, playoffs, and eventually free agency. We’ll talk about it all.
We start with NBA season previews, going division by division, and we start that tour on the West Coast. Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News joins Kurt Helin of NBC to talk about the Lakers and their rebuild. From there the conversation goes to questions such as can anyone beat the Warriors? Are the Clippers contenders? Plus we talk about the building processes going on in Sacramento and Phoenix.
“He’s entitled to his opinion,’’ Noah said. “I feel I have no regrets about my time in Chicago. I gave it everything I had. To me that’s all that matters. I did everything I could for that organization. I thought it was a little bit of a low blow, but at the end of the day I have nothing but respect for that organization. I’m just excited for this new chapter of my career.”
Reinsdorf was right. Noah, 31, is on the downside of his career. I wouldn’t want him for $72 million over the next four years.
But Noah is also right. He gave the Bulls everything he had.
Noah didn’t deserve that parting shot, even if it was correct.
I also wonder how much this has to do with Chicago correctly assessing Noah’s value vs. the Bulls losing a player whom they wanted to keep and lashing out about it.
The Spurs drafted Ryan Richards No. 49 in 2010, and he could’ve signed with San Antonio any year since. To maintain a second-rounder’s rights, a team must extend a required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum. If the player rejects the offer, those rights extend another year, and the team must then offer the tender again the following year.