Lockout could spell end for Jason Kidd

Updated: March 19, 2011, 6:03 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

The NBA's collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, and the possibility exists that the owners of pro basketball teams could lock out their players, much like the NFL owners have done in their league.

If an NBA lockout forces the cancellation of the 2011-12 season, the Mavericks' Jason Kidd, considered one of the greatest point guards in league history, would consider retirement.

"I'm just concentrating on this season," Kidd said after his Mavericks lost the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, 97-91. "I take it one game at a time. When that time comes I will address that situation, but if there was a lockout and if there was no season, I probably would walk away because at 39, 40 years old, that is just too much for me to train and get back in shape."

Kidd, who turns 38 on Wednesday, is one of the league's oldest players but has been performing well this season. He's ninth in the league in assists at 8.4 per game, slightly below his career average of 9.2. Kidd also is shooting 35.7 percent from 3-point range, about his career average.

Now in his 17th NBA season, Kidd says he still feels strong.

"I feel great physically, and mentally I feel good," he said. "We have a deep team so that helps, and I don't carry the load so I just try to get my guys going and get them the ball and try to help them out on defense."

The Mavericks use two point guards in Rodrigue Beaubois and J.J. Barea to take some pressure off Kidd, and at times he's paired with one of them as the off guard.

If the NBA doesn't have a season, Kidd said he doesn't have plans to play overseas like former NBA stars Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury.

But he maintains hope as a player who has experienced his share of labor disputes that the NBA will solve its problems.

"I've been through two of them and this will be my third," he said. "That means I am older, but we'll figure it out and hopefully we can learn from the past."

Calvin Watkins is a reporter for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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