Jason Kidd has announced his retirement from basketball.
Kidd played 19 seasons in the NBA, most recently with the New York Knicks.
“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.”
In 76 games for the Knicks, Kidd averaged 6 points, 3.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Kidd was a 10-time All-Star. In his career, he averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists. 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals per game.
Tommy DeeAs the Knicks head to some key decisions the timing was important for Jason Kidd to decide what to do with his future. I think a telling sign was how Boston and Indiana were able to negate Kidd in the playoffs, specifically his catch and make ability.
For me Kidd was an absolute joy to watch play this year during the regular season and his intangibles definite now become holes for the Knicks to fill.
There was no coincidence that playing Kidd off the ball led them to be incredibly turnover frugal and his ability to get tips and deflections helped them in key defensive situations.
He was a pro’s pro this year and one who I’d often find myself only watching whether he had the ball or not. The key to appreciating Kidd, to me, was to watch him away from the ball, particularly defensively.
Most importantly going forward, the Knicks will have valuable cap relief as the look to add more pieces and keep important momentum going forward in their hopes of winning a title.
Matthew FalkenburyJason Kidd had an amazing career and he will be missed in the NBA.
His performance this year for the Knicks will remembered for both the Good and the Bad.
The good coming early in the year when he was the starting shooting guard and was knocking down three’s at a clip nobody saw coming.
The bad comes from his performance at the end of the season and into the playoffs where his shot disappeared on him and he went 0-May.
The one thing that never wavered for Kidd was his intensity, quick hands and leadership. Kidd was the ultimate pro and did all he could outside of scoring to help this team win.
He stepped in when Felton got hurt and played pretty well. He made the huge shot against the Nets in Brooklyn to give the Knicks a win. His steals and rebounding ability continue to astound even at his advanced age.
For the Knicks, this puts finding a young point guard to back up Prigioni (if he does indeed return) and Raymond Felton at the top of the list of things to do this off-season. There was some talk about Nate Robinson this weekend and of course the Draft could be a place to find a PG as well.
The Knicks will also get much needed salary cap relief as well.
He will always be known as both a Maverick and a Net but his time here with the Knicks was a positive. Jason Kidd is a lock for the Hall of Fame and is one of the greatest point guards in NBA History.
Congratulations on a brilliant career Jason and all the best in the future.