After nineteen seasons of playing professional basketball, Jason Kidd, 40, is officially retired from the NBA. The point-guard made the not so shocking announcement Monday morning.
Although Kidd has had an impressive career and is noted as one of the best point-guards in NBA history it’s been rumored for the past year that, perhaps, his age had caught up to him
Kidd told ESPNNewYork.com this morning, “I think it is the right time. 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.
“Jeff [Schwartz] and I and my family had been talking this past weekend,” Kidd added of his agent. “We talked a lot and we felt it was the right time to move on and so we notified the Knicks. They were kind of taken aback. We told them [earlier] that I wanted to come back and play. But this weekend was when we got a chance to relax [and really think about it]. It is the right thing to do.”
The 10 time All-Star….leaves with a legacy that includes an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks and two Olympic gold medals with Team USA.
“The two things that are probably tied for first are winning a championship with the Mavericks and also being able to win a gold medal — two gold medals with Team USA. And then underneath that will probably be sharing Rookie of the Year with Grant [Hill].”
Hill, 40, also announced his retirement over the weekend.