Jason Kidd, 40, has just announced his retirement after playing 19 seasons in the NBA. Kidd was a 10 time All Star and 5 time regular season assist leader, finishing second all-time in assists (12,091). He won his only NBA title in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks and retires as a New York Knick.
June 3, 2013 – NY Knicks EVP & GM Glen Grunwald announced that NBA Great Jason Kidd has retired from playing professional basketball.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) June 3, 2013
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Knicks GM Glen Grunwald put it best:”Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone. Everyone here in New York saw first-hand 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.”
Kidd’s greatest achievement in the league was leading two New Jersey Nets teams to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Unfortunately he lost both finals to teams led by dominant big men, Shaquille O’Neal in 2002 and Tim Duncan in 2003.
Kidd’s best attribute as a player was his ability to transform his game. He developed from a gifted passer with limited range to an All Star point guard to a valuable role player and leader. Kidd also had great durability through his career finishing with the third all-time in minutes played (50,111), three pointers made (1,988) and triple-doubles (107).
He proved his unselfishness as a player later in his career as a veteran role player and resident team Dad on the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. Even at 38 years old, Jason averaged 9.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game during the 2011 Mavericks run to the NBA championship. It’s too bad he couldn’t have finished his career so strongly as he bowed out of the 2013 NBA Payoffs with 10 consecutive scoreless games as a Knick.
Here’s a video of Jason Kidd throwing down as a rookie, hair and everything: