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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Kidd welcomes All-Star break

By Mike Mazzeo

Despite saying he "feels great," Knicks guard Jason Kidd is looking forward to some time off during the All-Star break.

The Knicks (32-17) play host to Toronto on Wednesday night before embarking on a full week without a game.

Kidd has been bothered by back issues and certainly has a lot of mileage on his 39-year-old body. In the past eight games, Kidd is shooting just 21.2 percent and averaging 2.6 points in 20.1 minutes.

"Anytime you can get rest in an 82-game season, you always welcome that," Kidd said Tuesday night at a Founders Dinner event in downtown Manhattan. "But where we are right now, we want to finish on a positive note tomorrow, and then go from there. I think we're sitting in good seat, but we still have a lot to prove both offensively and defensively, so we know our work isn't done.

"I've always felt that the second part of the season ... that's where you position yourself to find who you're going to play in that first round, and then hopefully you're healthy and the ball bounces your way in the playoffs."

Kidd, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract with New York in the offseason, hasn't thought about how long he wants to keep playing.

"I'm just trying to take one day at a time, but we'll evaluate at the end of the season," he said. "But I look forward to fulfilling that three-year deal."

Kidd says he hasn't talked to Iman Shumpert in light of recent trade rumors involving the second-year guard. If it were up to Kidd, no Knick would be dealt by the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

"You can't focus on any of the things that are written or said. You've got to go out there and do your job. For him, he's getting back into the swing of things coming off the (knee) injury," Kidd said. "I don't think anybody's gonna do anything, but that's not my job. That's up to management. If they feel there needs to be a change, that's up to them."