Jason Kidd, Allan Houston; Photos: G. Paul Burnett/NY Times, EPA

Jason Kidd and Allan Houston both have bum knees. Kidd, the Brooklyn New Jersey Nets point guard may miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs with his knee injury with surgery a possibility as well. Houston, the Knicks co-captain, has no idea when he will return. The injuries to both players have post-season implications for their teams.

The Nets are virtually assured of the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference when the playoffs begin, but without Jason Kidd, nobody knows if they will make it out of the first round. Nets GM Rod Thorn said, "It would be very difficult without him because he's a great player." With the playoffs starting on April 17th, Kidd has about a month to rest his knee, with surgery being the last option.

The situation for the Knicks is not quite as pretty. Right now, the Knicks are in the 7th of the 8 playoff spots, but with Allan Houston out, their security in that position is questionable. Houston said, "Either you can play, or you can't. And right now I just can't." The Knicks could either fall right out of the playoffs or improve their standings to move up to the 5th place in the east. Houston has also been the subject of trade rumors with Kobe Bryant.