Kidd Says Melo Can Be the Next Dirk
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Jason Kidd helped Dirk Nowitzki win an NBA championship in Dallas, and now he wants to help Carmelo Anthony win one in New York.
“That’s the plan,” Kidd said Tuesday after the team’s first day of practice. “I hope so.”
Kidd and Nowitzki won an NBA championship with the Mavericks in 2011, yet Melo and the Knicks are seeking the franchise’s first title since 1973.
Still, Kidd sees similarities between Anthony and Nowitzki.
“Oh, yes, very similar, very talented,” Kidd said. “Demand a lot of attention, so hopefully what I’ve helped with Dirk and Dirk is now one of the top players in this league, hopefully I can do the same with Melo.”
For his part, Anthony, who has said he’s willing to “sacrifice” his offense for the better of the team, respects and listens to what Kidd has to say.
“I mean, for me, I want to stay in Jason’s ear,” Anthony said. “Him and Raymond [Felton], just trying to make the game easier for myself out there on the basketball court.
“We talk every day, just little points, what he sees and what I see and just trying to get on the same page.”
Kidd is one of two Knicks with an NBA ring, including Tyson Chandler, who was on that 2011 Mavericks team.
“I think everybody already knows what he brings to the team,” Anthony said of Kidd. “His game, how smart he is out there on the basketball court. His knowledge of the game and he can help everybody and he’s been doing that.”