"The Knicks admitted now that Jason Kidd wasn't with them in Milwaukee, and they tried to hide his absence in Brooklyn two days earlier. But what they might not want to admit is that Kidd's back problems could be more troubling than they claimed.
Since he was a no-show in Brooklyn on Monday, the Knicks have called his status day to day. But the team has no idea of when the guard will be back and seems to be planning for an extended absence.
"It's for the long haul," Tyson Chandler said after speaking to Kidd on the day off Tuesday. "Even if he has to be out for a while we'll win our games and we'll lose some like that, but it'll be learning experiences.
"It's more important that we have him healthy for the long haul. ... I'm looking for this year to be a long one and I'm looking for him to be with us down the stretch. It's more important that he's healthy then, rather than November and December."
While admitting that he'd lied to hide the injury from the Nets on Monday, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he was hopeful that Kidd would be back soon. Kidd missed four games last year with back spasms and will turn 40 in March.
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