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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Woodson: I played Kidd too much

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson admitted Thursday that he played veteran point guard Jason Kidd too many minutes last season.

"As a coach, you have to live and learn. Maybe it was something I should have scaled back from," Woodson said. "I learned a lesson."

Jason Kidd
Mike Woodson admitted he pushed now-Nets coach Jason Kidd a bit too hard last season.
It's a lesson Woodson will take with him into this season.

"In hindsight, if I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t give him those minutes and probably [would've] stuck a little bit more [Pablo Prigioni's] way," Woodson said.

Kidd, then 39, played 29.7 minutes per game during the Knicks' 18-6 start. He also logged 29.4 minutes per game for the first 12 games in January while Raymond Felton was hurt.

Kidd, now the Nets' coach, hit 41 percent of his 3s during that span but lost his touch after that.

The future Hall of Famer shot 23.8 percent from the field over his next 22 games and was scoreless in his last 10 playoff games.

"He’s one of those players that come along in a lifetime in this sport that you just figure he can do it all. I learned a lesson," Woodson said. "At that particular time, Kidd was playing so good for us, I rode him."

Kidd never complained about feeling overworked during the season but admitted to reporters at Nets training camp in Durham, N.C., that he "maybe was out there a little too long" last season.

Look for Woodson to be judicious this season with his use of veterans like Metta World Peace, Kenyon Martin, Prigioni and -- of course -- Amar'e Stoudemire.

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