Jason Kidd, who turns 40 in March and is in his 19th year in the NBA, continues to make big plays.
It was down to the wire between the Knicks and the Nets on Tuesday night. The game was tied at 97-all. The Knicks had the ball with less than a minute to go. They were moving the ball around. Carmelo Anthony got double-teamed. J.R. Smith then got the ball from Melo and then Smith passed it to Raymond Felton.
Jason Kidd was wide open on the wing. Jerry Stackhouse, who was watching him, got too deep into the key. That left Kidd with a lot of space.
Felton didn’t even threaten to drive in. He just kicked it out to a wide open Kidd.
Kidd put up the three. Stackhouse jumped in front of Kidd. As Kidd put up the three, he kicked his right leg out, which caused Stackhouse to hit his body on Kidd’s thigh. The three-pointer went in and Stackhouse was called for the foul.
That normally should’ve been an offensive foul. In fact, ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy talked about it during the play. It’s the “Reggie Miller” rule where you should be called for an offensive foul for kicking your leg out during the shot.
However, the referees instead called a foul on Stackhouse. It was a potential four-point play. Kidd missed the foul shot but that was the difference-maker in the game. The Nets tried to tie the game twice and failed on both attempts. The Knicks would go on to win the game, 100-97.
Still, Kidd is making big shots even at his age. He’s had a ton of them over his career and he can add that three-pointer, however controversial it is, to his greatest hits resume.
Reggie Miller would be very proud of that three-pointer with the extra kick.