Kevin Durant is far from the only man to face the crossroads he just faced. In 2003, Jason Kidd was considering whether to join a team that stopped him just short of an NBA championship: the San Antonio Spurs.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Kidd reflected on the career of recently retired foe Tim Duncan, looking back on the time he nearly signed with the Spurs after his New Jersey Nets just lost to them in the Finals. In revering Duncan, Kidd reveals just how close he was to being his point guard.
“I thought I was going to be a Spur,” Kidd told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk at Summer League in Las Vegas, where he now coaches the Milwaukee Bucks. “I committed when I was down there on my visit [to San Antonio].
“On my flight home, I think I got cold feet. And sometimes I have nightmares about that. Maybe I could have won a championship or two there. But I got really lucky with Dallas and won a championship.”
Kidd, Duncan, and Popovich could have been one of the mighty NBA triumvirates of the decade, or perhaps even of all time. All of that glory now belongs in one of the more overlooked rabbit holes of league history.