Jerry Sloan salutes Kidd



Jazz coach Jerry Sloan knows point guards. He, after all, coached John Stockton, arguably the greatest pure point, and considers Jason Kidd to be in that class.

"He's a tremendous player," said Sloan, who did not coach because of the flu. "He's been around a long time. And he's seen a little bit of everything: double-teams, triple-teams, all that stuff. He still does his thing.

"It's amazing how that works. That's what great players have the ability to do. We saw that with Stockton a few times."

Stockton played until he was 41. One of his best seasons was 1995-96, during which he turned 34. Stockton averaged 14.7 points and 11.2 assists. Kidd will turn 34 next month, and is enjoying one of his finest years.