(even though Mike Woodson expects him to play on Wednesday)
On Sunday, Kidd played just five minutes in the Knicks’ win over the Atlanta Hawks after being limited to just 15 minutes one night earlier in a loss to the Sixers.
Jason Kidd's recurring back problems are a growing concern for the Knicks despite Mike Woodson saying on his weekly radio show that he expected the veteran point guard to be available for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic.
On Sunday, Kidd played just five minutes in the Knicks’ win over the Atlanta Hawks after being limited to just 15 minutes one night earlier in a loss to the Sixers. The Knicks announced at halftime that Kidd would not return against the Hawks and that he was simply being rested.
However, a Knicks source said Kidd received treatment for his back during the game; he left the arena immediately after the game without speaking to reporters.
“He’s fine,” Woodson said on Sunday. “I just decided to rest him.”
The Knicks, though, have a recent habit of not being forthcoming regarding injuries. In October, they continued to list Amar’e Stoudemire as day-to-day with a sore knee until Stoudemire needed surgery and missed the first two months of the season. Rasheed Wallace was also listed as day-to-day with what the Knicks described as a sore left foot when in fact Wallace suffered a stress fracture. Wallace is now approaching seven weeks since he last played.
Even when Kidd missed the first of four straight games in November due to back spasms, Woodson said Kidd was a game-time decision even though Kidd did not even travel with the team to Brooklyn.
It is unclear as to why the Knicks are being secretive or in some cases misleading about injuries. By comparison, within the span of four hours on Sunday, the Boston Celtics announced that point guard Rajon Rondo had been taken to a local hospital to get an MRI and later updated Rondo’s status to being out for the season with a torn ACL.
The Knicks took a risk by signing Kidd, 39, and Marcus Camby, 38, to three-year contracts. Camby’s foot problems have limited him to 14 games while Kidd has appeared in 38 of a possible 42 games and is averaging 29 minutes. Wallace, 39, was signed to a one-year contract following a two-year sabbatical and the veteran forward has played in 20 games. Wallace recently denied a report that the foot injury would force him to retire.
The Knicks are 27-15 even though Woodson hasn’t had his entire 15-man roster available at the same time. In fact, the team’s top seven players — Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Stoudemire and Kidd — have only appeared in two games together. But Kidd has played only 20 total minutes since Felton returned and there is no guarantee that he’ll be healthy on Wednesday.
“I beat Jason Kidd up and he is a bigger part of this then you’d ever imagine,” Woodson said. “This is a marathon. One game isn’t going to determine anything. I’m going to need him for the long haul and I think he knows that.”
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its kinda ironic i forgot who it was but i swear somebody up said the same thing about how they felt the knicks were horrendously secretive they were about injuries....