Posted June 03, 2013

Knicks’ Jason Kidd announces retirement

Ben Golliver, Dallas Mavericks, Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns
(Paul K Buck/AFP)

Jason Kidd made the All-Star team in 10 of his 19 seasons. (Paul K Buck/AFP)

Ten-time All-Star Jason Kidd retired Monday after 19 NBA seasons.

The 40-year-old Kidd, who signed a three-year, $9.3 million with the Knicks last summer, announced his decision in a statement released by the organization.

“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.”

Kidd, the No. 2 pick in the 1994 draft after earning All-America honors as a sophomore at Cal, played for the Mavericks, Suns, Nets and Knicks. The 1995 co-Rookie of the Year finishes with career averages of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals. Kidd made the All-NBA first or second team six times and the All-Defensive team nine times. He also won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics and he received the NBA’s sportsmanship award twice.

“I think it is the right time,” Kidd told ESPNNewYork.com. “When you think about 19 years, it has been a heckuva ride. Physically, I want to be able to participate in activities with my kids, so it has taken a toll. It is time to move on and think about maybe coaching or doing some broadcasting.”

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Regarded as one of the greatest all-around point guards in NBA history, Kidd ranks No. 2 all time in assists and steals, trailing only Jazz Hall of Fame guard John Stockton in both categories. He won the 2011 championship with the Mavericks and went to the 2002 and 2003 Finals with the Nets. Kidd leaves the NBA having earned more than $187 million in contracts.

“Anybody who wants to learn to play point guard should study Jason Kidd,” former NBA point guard Mike Bibby told Sports Illustrated in 2000. “Nobody does everything a point guard needs to do as well as he does.”

“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.”

Kidd, one of the NBA’s oldest players this season, averaged six points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 76 games. He went scoreless in the Knicks’ final 10 playoff games, shooting 0-of-17 in that stretch. He told ESPNNewYork.com that those struggles didn’t influence his decision.

“[I] didn’t come into the league as a shooter or scorer and I guess I won’t be leaving as one,” Kidd said. “I just tried to play the game the right way. As you get older, Father Time is undefeated. The ball just wouldn’t go in for me at the end. I thought I had a great season.”

Kidd’s announcement comes two days after Grant Hill, with whom Kidd shared the 1995 Rookie of the Year award, announced his retirement. Miami’s Juwan Howard is now the only active player from the 1994 draft, which had a top five of Glenn Robinson (who retired in 2005), Kidd, Hill, Donyell Marshall (who retired in 2009) and Howard.

18 comments
DSM
DSM

A lock to be a first ballot Hall of Famer--but one of the few players who could be a tremendous team leader or a coach-killer, depending on his mood. He is certain to be an NBA head coach if he aspires to be one.

netdoggydog
netdoggydog

The stat that impresses me most:  $187 Large.

Including lifetime earnings in reports on retirement announcements seems to be a useful, informative and relevant new trend:  between he and Grant Hill ($143M), a couple of 1995 rookies ended up earning A THIRD OF A BILLION DOLLARS.  Not including endorsements.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

12 post season games.  20.9 Minutes per game.  0.9 PPG on 12.0% shooting.  Final 9 games he played 188 minutes and scored Zero points on 0-18 shooting.  May have waited too long to retire.  How can at least one shot not manage to go in?

JonathanD
JonathanD

He must have retired because Carmelo is so fun to play with.  Oh, wait...

Sportsblabber
Sportsblabber

Kidd was tremendous.  He should have won the 2002 MVP award.  I will miss his truly unique game.  But I won't miss his wife-punching, Keith Van Horn-blaming, bland interview-giving, and other things that never endeared me to him.

6marK6
6marK6

Hall of Fame player. Glad to see him go out with grace.

Boomah
Boomah

Like Uncle Dan said "you don't hit your baby"



doghockey
doghockey

@decredico Yet you took the time to click on an article about him.  You are not doing well  on your mission to qualify as smart.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@netdoggydog Not sure what point you're trying to make. Pro athletes make tonnes of money. Is this something you just discovered? Go take a look at what Tom Cruise has made over his career for shooting movies once or twice a year.

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@netdoggydog most impressive stat is certainly the 187 mil... Wowzas! His triple doubles and insane PG rebound totals (magic-esque) will be his enshrinement case in a nutshell. Great all around player... I'm sad to see him go from the NBA but slow feet claim any player of any age. Unless you're Big Al

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@RobertSmith yeah, it's a good thing you weren't out there to show him how to play. your logic shows you know nothing about basketball or leadership if you think his contributions were lacking because he didn't score. he wasn't brought on to score, he was brought on to lead/give the younger kids a calm presence in the playoff chaos. 

riley8
riley8

@6marK6 Have you checked his post season stats? Grace? Hardly.

CleatusTank
CleatusTank

@ITATTRACTS @RobertSmith "How can at least one shot not manage to go in?"  Well he shot the ball, and it didn't go through the hoop.  MYSTERY SOLVED

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@ITATTRACTS @RobertSmith By not scoring his contributions were lacking. If you don't score, you don't keep defenses honest, if you don't keep defenses honest it's a 4 on 5 game... Ever play 4 on 5 in a rec league or pickup game? Not as easy is it? Unlucky is all I'd say; didn't we see J.R. Smith miss almost that many shots in one game twice in that series! Just having them in succession over multiple games is odd. So, yes he should have made just one shot, I mean, how unlucky can you be?!

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@Skins'Fan @ITATTRACTS @RobertSmith again, the point was that he wasn't supposed to be a scorer, he obviously didn't take many shots because his job was to distribute to the other "superstars" on the team.