The Hall of Fame-bound point guard Jason Kidd is calling it a career.
New York Knicks executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager Glen Grunwald announced Monday that the 10-time NBA All-Star guard is retiring from playing professional basketball after 19 seasons in the league.
“Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone,” Grunwald said. “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.”
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” the 40-year-old Kidd said. “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.”
“Veteran leadership on and off the court was a huge factor for our team that recorded 54 victories and an Atlantic Division crown,” Head Coach Mike Woodson said. “Jason provided an incredible voice inside our lockerroom and I considered it an honor to say I coached him.”
Kidd, selected with the No. 2 pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, led the NBA in assists five times and finished second all-time in assists and steals behind John Stockton. He won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks and won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA.
Kidd played for the Mavericks, Suns, Nets and Knicks over his 19-year career.