Jason Kidd announces retirement from NBA

Jason Kidd spent his final season in the league with the Knicks. Credit: Getty Images
Jason Kidd spent his final season in the league with the Knicks.
Credit: Getty Images

One of the greatest point guards of all time has hung it up for good.

The Knicks announced Monday afternoon that Jason Kidd will retire from the NBA. Kidd spent the last season with the Knicks, but will be remembered most for his time in Phoenix, New Jersey and Dallas.

Kidd, 40, was signed to a three-year deal by the Knicks last offseason, but struggled badly in the postseason despite a solid regular season backing up Raymond Felton. He averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season.

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

The future Hall of Famer was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 draft by the Mavericks and became one of the greatest all-around guards in league history. He came into the league without the best reputation, and spent just two and a half seasons with Dallas before being traded to Phoenix. Despite his reputation, he performed well at every stop in his career.

He won Co-Rookie of the Year in 1994-95 with Pistons forward Grant Hill, who also announced his retirement this week.

He reshaped his career in Phoenix, but became a legendary player after being traded to New Jersey on July 18, 2001, for Stephon Marbury. It was there he teamed up with Kenyon Martin, Keith Van Horn, Kerry Kittles and later Richard Jefferson to form one of the best teams of the 2000s. He led the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, losing to the Lakers and Spurs respectively.

Kidd finally got his title in 2011 after a return to Dallas. They defeated the Heat in six games, led by star Dirk Nowitzki and future Knicks teammate Tyson Chandler.

Kidd finishes his career with 107 triple-doubles, third-most in NBA history. He led the league in assists per game five times, made 10 All-Star games and was All-NBA First Team five times. He also won gold medals in the 2000 and 2008 Olympics.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…