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Or I can just gIve yOu the clIffsnOtes, In three sImple steps.

1. John Wayne was The American Cowboy. Strong, silent, rough, do-gooder.

2. Jimmy Stewart, in this particular film, was The City Slicker. Brainy, talkative, nervous, do-gooder.

3. “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’’ is a 1962 Western in which Wayne actually kills the bad guy but Stewart gets the credit for it. At the end, when a newsman who knows the truth is asked if he is going to print the truth, the newsman replies, “No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.’’

Got it?

That brings us to Jason Kidd - the facts and the legends. Except in Kidd’s case – and this is still the

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West, sir, where the Dallas Mavericks are hoping to contend with and slay bad guys like the Los Angeles Lakers, the facts and the legends are pretty much one in the same.

If the Mavs can advance through April and make a deep playoff run, they will do so in large part because Kidd’s hands are on the reins. Obviously, MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzki is the centerpiece, and certainly

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the mid-February trade that brought to town starters Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood is critical as well. Shawn Marion matters and coach Rick Carlisle’s decision-making matters - and speaking of that, Mavs fans certainly hope that Carlisle’s decision-making allows rookie Rodrigue (FREE RODDY B!) Beaubois to matter too.

But the facts of what drives Dallas are in the numbers. And as Jason Kidd approached his 37th birthday on March 23rd, his numbers were ridiculously brilliant.

‡ He is top six all-time in six categories. ‡ He is top 50 all-time in 13 categories. ‡ He is a special player because there are only three men in the history of the NBA with career averages of eight-plus assists and six-plus rebounds (also the only three men to have over 100 triple-doubles): Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Jason Kidd.

and beyOnd thIs he has dOne a hand-full Of thIngs that nO One else has ever dOne.

‡ There is only one man in the history of the NBA with career numbers of 7,000- plus assists, 7,000-plus rebounds, and 2,000-plus steals: Jason Kidd. ‡ There is only one man in the history of the NBA with career numbers of 10,000- plus assists and 7,000-plus rebounds: Jason Kidd. ‡ There is only one man in the history of the NBA with career averages of seven- plus assists, six-plus rebounds, and two- plus steals: Jason Kidd. ‡ There is only one man in the history of the NBA to have career averages of five- plus assists, five-plus rebounds, two-plus steals, and 33-plus shooting-percentage on 3’s: Jason Kidd. ‡ There is only one man in the history of the NBA to have single season averages of eight-plus assists, six-plus rebounds, two-plus steals, and 30-plus percentage on 3’s (and he’s done it five separate times): Jason Kidd.

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