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Jason Kidd could retire after this season

Mar 22, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

New York Knicks guard Kidd looks down during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah Reuters

Jason Kidd turns 40 on Saturday. Carmelo Anthony nicknamed him “middle age.”

The 18-year veteran and future Hall of Famer is coming off the bench for the Knicks but still plays a key role — 27 minutes a game, spacing the floor and giving them 6.6 points and some savvy, veteran play. The Knicks play smarter when he is on the floor.

But after this, his 19th NBA season, he may retire, reports the New York Daily News.

Kidd, however, is not ready to commit beyond this season. Although he signed a three-year contract with the Knicks last summer, he isn’t ruling out retirement at season’s end. Several people close to Kidd have said they wouldn’t be surprised if Kidd, now a backup for the first time in his Hall of Fame career, decides to walk away.

“I don’t know,” Kidd told the Daily News. “I’m taking it one year at a time.”

He still has value on an NBA court; the question is does he want to deal with the grind anymore? That’s a question only he can answer this summer.

His NBA career will end with him in the Hall of Fame — he’s a champion (2011 Dallas Mavericks), a 10-time All-Star, he has 107 triple-doubles and is a guy who was arguably the best point guard of his generation.

The question is has his generation moved on from the Association.

  1. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Good headline Kurt, but you need to substitute “should” for “could”…he’s just about used up all the gas in his tank.

    And speaking of retirement, how about retiring the word ‘savvy’?

    It’s waay overused; you can come up with something, anything better to describe a veteran player’s game. Thanks.

  2. fless43 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    If he retires he can devote more of his time to the thing he does best…beating on women.

  3. taylors2024 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Knicks need you back 20th season baby

  4. manchestermiracle - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Only if he doesn’t want to play for the Lakers. We collect old guys.

  5. vrsatile1 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Good Luck in what ever you decide JKidd!

  6. lakerluver - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Not comparing him to the incomparable Ervin Magic Johnson but Kidd is the closest facsimile to him. Just 4-5 inches shorter.

  7. dysraw1 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Jay Kidd has had a truly magnificent career, he came here to go out on a high note. im sure he expected to have a healthy Amar’e Stoudemire all year, yet still i credit him with the fact weve been on top of our div. all year, despite not having the players he envisioned.and despite not being reach Melo the way he would have liked.

  8. cantonbound13 - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    How long till 72 posts a wife beating joke?

  9. bloyaglock - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I really dont like this site…You haters..Kurt and every other reporter on here totally hates on the greates player alive…Lebron James! You always want to connect some sort of drama to the Miami Heat instead of just giving them their just do! But then you ride Kobe’s D__K! You all need to get it together..Lebron is the present and future of the NBA and its guys like him that keep you haters employed! Wise up dumb ass.

    -real talk.

  10. bloyaglock - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    And I know this post is not about the Heat….but of course you post a video about the Heat so you dont have to talk about the greatness….. Coward!
    Go Heat!

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