All-Star Guard Kidd Retires After 19 Seasons

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All-Star point guard Jason Kidd is retiring after 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association, the New York Knicks player said on Monday.

All-Star point guard Jason Kidd is retiring after 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association, the New York Knicks player said on Monday.

Kidd, 40, completed his career ranked second overall in assists (12,091) and steals (2,684) to John Stockton and averaged 12.6 points and 8.7 assists per game.

He earned All-Star honors 10 times while playing for Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey and New York. He won an NBA title with Dallas and twice played on gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball teams.

"My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years," Kidd said in a statement.

"I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court."

He said it was time to think about coaching or working as a broadcaster.

"Jason provided an incredible voice inside our locker room and I considered it an honor to say I coached him," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

Kidd started 48 of the Knicks' 76 games last season, posting averages of 6.0 points and 3.3 assists.

He had two years remaining on his Knicks contract but said he decided over the weekend now was the time to retire.

"We told them (earlier) that I wanted to come back and play," Kidd said. "But this weekend was when we got a chance to relax... . It is the right thing to do."