Jason Kidd has announced his retirement through the New York Knicks. Only two days ago, another seasoned veteran Grant Hill announced that he will retire from the game of basketball, and the 40-year-old Kidd now follows.
Kidd ends his career after having played one year with the Knicks, in which he averaged 6 points, 3.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
Through Knicks_PR Twitter account, Kidd said:
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years.”
And what a journey it was. Kidd started his career with the Dallas Mavericks, a team he would return to later in his career and win his first NBA championship. Other than the Knicks and the Mavericks, Kidd played for the Phoenix Suns and the New Jersey Nets.
Kidd was a 10-time NBA All-Star,a five-time assist leader and earned five NBA First Team nominations, as well as four All-Defensive First Team nominations.
While it is always sad to see a legend such as Kidd leave the NBA, it was definitely the right time. After a decent regular season, Kidd struggled mightily in the playoffs and was held scoreless in his last 10 postseason games despite playing 20.6 minutes per game.
Best of luck to Kidd in whatever he decides to do next.