Jason Kidd announced his retirement today after 19 successful NBA seasons. The future Hall-Of-Famer announced his decision to ESPNNewYork.com earlier today.
"I think it is the right time," Kidd said. "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.
Kidd, now 40, leaves the league after a fruitful career which included an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and an Olympic Gold medal.
Jason Kidd started his career in 1994 with the Dallas Mavericks. Two years later he joined the Phoenix, and later the New Jersey Nicks in 2001. In each team’s case, Kidd’s arrival led to an double-digit increase in wins during his time there. In New Jersey, Kidd led the team to two-strait Finals appearances.
Kidd earned his first ring with Dallas in the 2010-2011 seasons. Kidd spent the last two years of his career as a role player for the New York Knicks.
Kidd will best be remembered for his dominance as an NBA Point guard, despite his small size and limited shooting ability. His penance for decision making, and impeccable passing ability are why he will forever be known as one of the NBA’s all-time greats.