At 38, Kidd oldest guard to start in NBA finals

By JAIME ARON | May 30, 2011 | 5:12 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks' Jason Kidd, right, works with strength and conditioning coach Robert Hackett during practice, Monday, May 30, 2011 in Miami. The Miami Heat will play the Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — After all the assists, steals, 3-pointers and triple-doubles, Jason Kidd has an easier path to his next entry in the NBA record book.

All he has to do is show up.

When the Dallas Mavericks face the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, Kidd will become the oldest guard to start a game in an NBA finals.

While Dirk Nowitzki calls him a "fossil," and Shawn Marion described him as being "almost 50," Kidd is a few months past 38. That's two years older than Ron Harper was when he started for the Lakers in 2000.

Of course, Kidd would prefer the title of oldest starting guard to win a championship. That also was set by Harper in 2000.