NBA StarJason Kidd RETIRES

Published on June 7th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Former All-Star point guard Jason Kidd has decided to retire after 19 seasons in the NBA.

Kidd, who won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks, finishes his career ranked second overall in assists and steals, next only to Hall-of-Famer John Stockton.

On social media, many players wished Kidd the best of luck, including Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson, and Grant Hill, who also recently retired from the NBA.

“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 Knicks news release. “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, who finished with career averages of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals in 1,391 games, came into the NBA with a rare combination of speed, size and unmatched passing ability. Picked second by the Dallas Mavericks out of California, he was co-rookie of the year in 1994-95 with Grant Hill, who announced his own retirement Saturday.

Kidd’s playing style was irresistible, and he finished with 12,091 assists and 2,684 steals, both second in NBA history. He’s second to John Stockton all-time in both categories and third in three-pointers and turnovers.

That style, though, didn’t always make him easy to play with. Kidd was a dominant force, and he and early Mavericks teammates Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson butted heads frequently. Bickering and injuries forced management’s hands, and all three promising young players were traded during the 1996-97 season. For Kidd, that meant the Phoenix Suns, a fresh start that brought him to true stardom.

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