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Kidd: Ailments didn't affect performance

Updated: May 15, 2010, 2:51 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd said illness and an indifference toward exit interviews prompted him to miss the team's final gathering after the disappointing first-round playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

He also flatly disputed speculation that he didn't show up because he's at odds with coach Rick Carlisle.

In a phone interview Friday from his offseason home in Phoenix -- his first public comments since Game 4 of the six-game series -- Kidd said he played ...

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