Farewell, Jason Kidd
New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA Monday, officially ending the career of one of the greatest point guards in NBA History.
The 40-year old Kidd played 19 seasons in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, Dallas again, and the New York Knicks. Kidd is a 10-time All-Star, four-time 1st Team All Defense selection, a five-time 1st Team All-NBA selection, two-time Olympic gold medalist (2000, 2008), and 1995 Rookie of the Year. Kidd is also second all-time behind John Stockton in both assists (12,091) and steals (2,684).
Kidd led his New Jersey Nets teams to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, finally lifting the Larry O’Brian trophy in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks.
He is one of the all-time greatest passers in league history. He could dominate a game simply with his passing and fast break skills, a la Magic Johnson in his Showtime Lakers days.
Kidd was ripped early in his career for not being able to shoot the three, (Kidd was referred to as “ason Kidd” because he had no “J”) but New York Daily News notes he actually ranks third in three-point field goals made (1,988) behind only Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.
How fitting is it that just two days after Grant Hill announced his retirement that Kidd would do the same? Kidd and Hill came into the league together in 1994, sharing Rookie of the Year honors. Now they exit the NBA at the same time, only to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame together years from now.