EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- Jason Kidd insisted a migraine caused him to miss a New Jersey Nets game, brushing aside reports he was staging a personal one-day strike to induce a trade or force a new contract.
"I didn't miss a game due to unhappiness, that's the first thing to clear up," the All-Star guard said Thursday at a news conference he called at the Nets' headquarters.
Kidd said he was hit in the mouth Tuesday night in a game against Cleveland, and he later developed a migraine. He alerted trainer Tim Walsh about the problem Wednesday about noon, and he later called and said he could not play against the New York Knicks. The Nets lost 100-93.
"I am human, at the end of the day, I am human," said Kidd, who didn't seem angry with all the attention the reports created. "I went out and played with one leg. I played with a broken rib and yesterday, I just couldn't go. There was no plan of me not going. I felt that I couldn't help the team."
Kidd's unexpected absence created instant headlines.
A source told the New York Post that Kidd was "on strike." Yahoo reported that he was looking to be traded to Cleveland to play with LeBron James. There also were reports that Kidd wanted his contract renegotiated.
Kidd said he learned of the fuss after receiving a telephone call from his mother.
He insisted he never asked to be traded, noting recent comments he made about playing with James and Kobe Bryant were just no-brainer answers to questions posed about whether he would like to play with them at some point.
"I am having one of my best seasons," Kidd said. "Why would I want to be asked to be traded?"