2011 NBA Finals: Jason Kidd Gets Final Shot at NBA Championship with Mavs

2011 NBA Finals Offer Dallas Mavericks Guard Jason Kidd One Last Chance at Redemption

It's been quite the ride for Jason Kidd in his 17-year NBA career. His journey actually began as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, when he was drafted second overall in the 1994 draft.

After three unsuccessful seasons, his next stop was a five-year stint in Phoenix to play for the Suns. Still searching for playoff success and in the prime of his career, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets in the summer of 2001.

He teamed up with Kenyon Martin to reach the NBA Finals in consecutive years. Yet both times they were quickly dispatched by the mighty LA Lakers. Kidd's team was completely out-manned and they never really had a shot.

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As the team around him began to decline, we went back to the team that gave him his first chance—the Mavs.

He joined in 2008 knowing that Dirk Nowitzki still had plenty of gas left in the tank. He had faith in owner Mark Cuban to spend the money and give his players the resources to be successful. Cuban trusted Kidd enough to trade young point guard Devin Harris for him.

Kidd wanted at least one more crack at winning a title and he knew he had a shot in Dallas.

Now, after a postseason run that has more than justified his place among the Mavericks, the 38-year old Kidd is once again only four games away from hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy, and being declared a world champion.

Only this time his team has a much better shot of finishing the job.

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