Jason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA earlier today June 3, 2013. Kidd said, “My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years.”
Kidd played in the NBA for 19 seasons and just turned 40 years old this past March. Kidd just finished his first season with the New York Knicks who made it to the second round in the playoffs where they were beat by the Indiana Pacers 4-2.
During his career Kidd played for four teams including the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, and the New York Knicks. Jason Kidd said, “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the N.B.A., I look back fondly at every season and thank each and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.” Kidd ends his career with 1 NBA title in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks and 2 Team USA Olympic gold medals. Kidd had an average of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game. But overall Kidd wants to be remembered as a winner; “No matter what percentage, no matter what my numbers say in the sense of points, assists, rebounds and steals, it’s always been about winning. And it will always be about winning … making my teammates better.” And that is just how many will remember Jason Kidd as he is predicted to eventually have his name added to the Hall of Fame. Ohm Youngmisuk wrote on ESPNNewYork.com, “Kidd leaves the game as a sure-fire Hall of Fame point guard.”
Jason Kidd was a phenomenal point guard in the NBA, and one I have had the pleasure of seeing play many times. Kidd was the best at knowing where his teammates were at all times or where they would be and could get them the ball. Kidd had a way of making his assists look effortless. Kidd was loved and respected by fans, coaches, and teammates. Head coach of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson said, “Jason provided an incredible voice inside our locker room and I considered it an honor to say I coached him.” Also some tweets that have already gone out to congratulate Jason Kidd include:
James White @flight8, “Man it was just a honor to be in the same locker room as
@RealJasonKidd. One of the best to ever lace them up And a great guy.”
Kevin Durant @KDTrey5, “Congrats on a wonderful career JKidd..it was a honor playing against you after watching you dominate as a kid! Enjoy your retirement.”
Congratulations to Jason Kidd for a great career. I wish him the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life.