NBA star Jason Kidd today announced his retirement from basketball.
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” said Kidd. “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.”
Kidd was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. During his career, he moved on to play for the Phoenix Suns, the New Jersey Nets, and the New York Knicks. He returned to play for the Mavericks in 2008, and led the team to an NBA Championship in 2011.
Kidd was named to the NBA All-Star team ten times during his career, and was co-Rookie of the Year in 1995. He also won two Olympic gold medals playing for the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team in 2000 and 2008.
“Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone,” said Glen Grunwald, general manager of the Knicks. “Everyone here in New York saw firsthand what a tremendous competitor he is and why Jason is considered to be one of the best point guards, and leaders, the game has ever seen.”
Kidd’s announcement comes just after fellow NBA star Grand Hill announced his retirement. Hill was also an NBA All-Star who had a 19-year career in the NBA. He shared the 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year award with Kidd.
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