After one last run with the New York Knicks this past season, Jason Kidd announced his retirement Monday (June 3) after playing 19 seasons in the league.
Known as one of the best passing and rebounding point guards in NBA history, the 40-year-old made the decision at a wedding in Georgia this week, reports ESPN.com.
“I think it is the right time,” Kidd told ESPN.com. “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,” he 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.”
Kidd leaves the game with 10-time All-Star selections under his belt, a five-time NBA assists leader, and finished second all-time in assists and steals behind John Stockton.
He also earned an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks, and has 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,” Kidd said of what he’s most proud of in his career. “And then underneath that will probably be sharing Rookie of the Year with Grant [Hill].”