All-star G Jason Kidd is refusing to attend night sessions during the Nets' two-a-day practices at training camp, and he doesn't care if the team fines him for it.
"They want me to be here -- they have every right -- but my best thing is to try to get healthy, rehab and push forward. That's my stance," said Kidd, who had knee surgery over the summer and is at least three weeks away from practicing. "Me sitting here for three hours is not helping me rehab."
Kidd ended a long public silence and made his displeasure with the Nets clear this week after an offseason that included the cost-cutting trades of Kenyon Martin and Kerry Kittles. Kidd and Alonzo Mourning said the Nets have no chance of winning a championship.
Coach Lawrence Frank wouldn't discuss Kidd's skipping night sessions. President Rod Thorn did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
Kidd said the team had not informed him or his agent that he would be fined. Under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, players can be penalized $2,500 for each of the first two practices they miss and $5,000 for each subsequent absence.
The Nets held only one practice yesterday, but another two-a-day was scheduled for today -- and Kidd was adamant he wouldn't attend the night session. New Jersey is holding training camp at its regular practice facility, and most Nets players are staying at their own homes.
Kidd said he is rehabilitating his knee seven days a week and plans to consult with his doctors again in three weeks to determine whether he'll be cleared for more strenuous activity.
"If they want to fine me for not sitting here for three hours to watch practice, they're the boss and I'm the employee," Kidd said. "I'm going to stay with my stand and don't come at night. I've already expressed that it's because I'm rehabbing."
-- From News Services