- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 3, 2008

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D1SCOURSE: Patrick Stevens will have thoughts from Maryland’s big win over Georgia Tech.

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

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WHAT IF JASON KIDD GETS TRADED BEFORE THE NBA ALL-STAR GAME?

If Jason Kidd gets traded, as he has expressed an interest in, the New Jersey Nets aren’t the only ones who would need to figure out how to adjust. A trade, if it came soon, could also complicate things for the NBA.

If Kidd is dealt to a Western Conference team before All-Star weekend, two questions have to be answered:

1. Who replaces him on the East roster?

2. Does that person start?

For now, the league doesn’t seem quite sure on the answer to either.

“That will be reviewed if it happens,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

The easiest solution would be to add Boston’s Ray Allen to the East roster, since he finished third behind Dwyane Wade and Kidd among East guards in fan voting and was perhaps the most notable omission when reserves were announced Thursday. But if that happens, it still isn’t clear whether Allen would be on the floor when the ball is tipped.

When players are forced to miss the game because of injuries, commissioner David Stern chooses their replacement. But even if the replacement is for a starter, the player Stern picks doesn’t necessarily get a starting spot. The coach, who in this case is Doc Rivers, Allen’s coach in Boston, decides which player moves into the starting five.

Things could have been even trickier if Kidd were dealt West before the starters were announced on Jan. 24, because a player’s vote total carries over if he is traded. With more than 1.2 million votes, Kidd finished a little more than 43,000 ahead of Denver’s Allen Iverson, who landed the second guard spot in the West.

The league would have had to determine whether Kidd would have inherited that spot instead.

Associated Press

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