Jason Kidd announces retirement
Jason Kidd and fellow co-Rookie of the Year winner Grant Hill, came into the league together and now will be exiting together. After a magnificent career that saw Kidd play for four teams (Mavericks, Suns, Nets, and Knicks) in 19 seasons, Kidd decided to call it quits.
Kidd was a 10-time all-star that just completed his first year of a three-year $9.3 million dollar deal with the Knicks. Kidd retires with career averages of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals. Kidd’s accolades don’t stop there either as he was named All-NBA first or second team six times and the All-Defensive first or second team nine times. J-Kidd also won two gold medals with USA Basketball in 2000 and the 2008 Olympics.
Via SI’s Point Forward:
Ten-time All-Star Jason Kidd announced his retirement Monday.
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said. “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.”
Regarded as one of the greatest all-around point guards in NBA history, Kidd ranks No. 2 on the league’s all-time assists and steals lists, trailing only Jazz Hall of Fame guard John Stockton in both categories. He also won the 2011 championship with the Mavericks and went to the 2002 and 2003 Finals with the Nets.
“Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone,” Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said in a statement. “Everyone here in New York saw firsthand what a tremendous competitor he is and why Jason is considered to be one of the best point guards, and leaders, the game has ever seen.”
The NBA lost an all-time great today. You don’t see too many point guards that could do what Jason Kidd did on the court. Point guards in today’s game rely on super athleticism and scoring. Kidd showed for 19 seasons what playing point guard is about and made a lot of players rich because of how good he was at making his teammates better. The NBA will miss you Kidd!