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Jason Kidd announces his retirement

Jun 3, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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He had an amazing, 19-year NBA career. A Hall of Fame career.

But it is over — Jason Kidd has announced he has retired from the NBA.

The New York Knicks made the announcement, via their Website manager Jonah Ballow.

“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said in a statement. “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.”

Kidd was the No. 2 pick in the 1994 NBA Draft and went on to be co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill, who just announced his retirement last Thursday. Kidd went on to play in Phoenix, with the New Jersey Nets, back to Dallas and then spent this last season with the Knicks.

“Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said via the twitter feed. “Jason provided an incredible voice inside our locker room and I considered it an honor to say I coached him. (His) Veteran leadership on and off the court was a huge factor for our team that recorded 54 [wins] and an Atlantic Division crown.”

Kidd won a championship as part of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks (when he actually covered LeBron James for stretches and did well), was a 10-time All-Star, five time All-NBA First Team, nine-time NBA All-Defensive team player (five times first team), and he was a two-time Gold Medalist, in 2000 in Sydney and 2008 in Beijing.

Those are Springfield first ballot numbers.

He was an old-school, pass-first point guard (he led the league in assists five times) but could score when needed, averaging 18.3 points a game with the Nets back in 2003. He averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists. 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals a game over the course of his career.

Even this past season, well past his prime, the Knicks offense just flowed better when he was on the court thanks to his smart decisions.

It might have been time, but he will be missed. He is one of the games great point guards ever.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Kidd got to knickerbockers a few years too late.

    • 4thquartermagic - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Agreed. And after having watched Kidd in the playoffs, he may have retired a year too late as well.

    • caeser12 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      No doubt.

  2. miamatt - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    What a career, what longevity…

    Jason Kidd will be missed, and remembered.

  3. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Amazing player. Glad he was wise enough to retire; he was already over-the-hill this season.

    Enjoy your multi, multi millions Jason!

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Jason, Now that you’re retired, give me a call…and sorry about that whole Jim Jackson thing.


      Toni Braxton.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    1st ballot Hands down top 10 PG of all time.

    Astounding to me that in 19 years he only played with 4 teams. Speaks volumes to the value he had to each team. Really was only 3 teams, this last year in NY was just the final scene in the play. I wonder if he and Grant Hill had some bet going on between each other to see who could hold out from retirement longer.

    Thanks for the memories, J Kidd, Grant Hill…last two remnants from my elementary school days.

  5. worldbfree4me - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    The 3rd J of the talented trio formally known as the “Triple Jays” (Jason Kidd, Jimmy Jackson, Jamal Mashburn) has finally hung up his JERSEY eh? @fanofevilempire, there would be no ring on his fingers had he gone to the Knicks any sooner. Also, had he chose to play with Duncan over money and taken San Antonios deal which would have sent him to the Spurs over a decade ago, it would be him that would be wearing 5 Championship rings instead of Tony Parker presuming that they can stand up to the HEAT. It was a great run and hope that he comes back to coach someday soon.

    • spursareold - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Joumana put the JKidd kibosh on signing with the Spurs. The media here were doing minute by minute coverage, and the second that the Kidds turned down tours of some of the nicer private schools here, I knew he wasn’t signing. I think she wanted to be a media personality, so they stayed in NJ. Didn’t work out for her or for him. Worked out for SA, though. Sometimes, the best moves are the ones you don’t make.

  6. purplekobra69 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Always liked Kidd.

    • gmsingh - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Me too.

  7. mungman69 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Great player…it was time.

  8. jjpt4540 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    More time for him to beat his wife

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      classless. You must be a heat fan.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Just KIDDing!

      oh wait

  9. money2long - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM


  10. quizguy66 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Thanks for the memories J Kidd from a New Jersey Nets fan.


  11. mattbarkley123 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    good old man

  12. storebrandcookies - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Thanks Kidd for the memories, Glad you got to get that ring in Dallas.

  13. jbeagles23 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Man I miss Kidd vs Payton. Those two would still dominate the pg position

  14. pistolpete0903 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    1st ballot HOF’er……ball don’t lie!!!!

    He carried an average Nets team on his shoulder (admitted the Eastern conference was watered down in those days), but as an erstwhile NJ fan, thanks for the memories.

  15. lakerade - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Go Bears!

  16. phreakin - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Here’s to hoping he goes in to the hall as a Sun. Although I would expect he goes in as a Mav

  17. edwardemanuelson - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Happy retirement JKidd! This Spurs fan was happy to see you get a ring, even if it was with the Mavs.You’re a first ballot HOFer, and your number should hang in someones rafters someday. You’ll be missed! Look forward to hearing you announce games.

  18. badintent - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Kidd was a great shut down defender. I can remember hearing every major sports network analyst take about how good his defense was. He had the total package, great on court coach in a player’s uniform and great team mate. Kidd will be missed as a player but will end up in some NBA team front office someday like Chris Mullins, Joe Dumars, etc.

  19. ranoversquarells - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    When I came to the states I was introduced to basketball by watching (and collecting their rookie cards) the likes of Kidd & Hill. It’s rather amazing the type of career both gentlemen had. May their retirements be just as adventurous.

  20. 32stork - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Yep, sure gonna miss and as*%^hole wife beater.

  21. 32stork - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Yep, sure gonna miss an as*%^hole wife beater.

  22. 13arod - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    i cried when i heard this one of the best point guards to ever play not selfish only shot the basketball when he needed to good man wish him good luck

  23. adoombray - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    I have no right to comment on another man’s business especially one i’ve never met and don’t know personally, but I do know that J. Kidd the basketball player especially in those Nets years and the run he gave us here in Phoenix were some of my favorite times as a sports fan and I definitely wouldn’t be half the basketball nerd I am without him. (or player for that matter: It’s not like I’m good, but every 20 something guy in Phoenix who spent their childhood playing pickup ball at the playground pretended to be Jason Kidd at some point)

    Let’s not whitewash his time in New York though. He was awful out there for the Knicks. “the Knicks offense just flowed better when he was on the court thanks to his smart decisions.” That statement applies to Prigioni the greatest 35 year old rookie ever. When Kidd was on the floor, the offense stagnated because you could make your 12th man look like Gary Payton in his prime by putting him on Kidd. He had 8 points in the first Boston game, 3 in the next one, and scored ZERO points the rest of the post season. Averaging 2 assists does not = “ball flowing better” unless you mean “flowing to everyone but the point guard”

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