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Jason Kidd: Future Hall of Famer Reportedly Considering Retirement

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks answers questions from the media as the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy sits on the table during a post game news conference after the Mavericks won 105-95 against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2012

With 17 seasons and counting of NBA experience under his belt, the end of the line for soon-to-be 39-year-old point guard Jason Kidd may be closer than even he thought.

Retirement isn’t just a plan anymore, it may be action.

After winning the NBA Championship he so direly needed on his resume to be considered one of the all-time greats, the Dallas Mavericks veteran may be pondering hanging it up after this season.

Jason Kidd told Pro Sports Daily about his aspirations in the NBA and how they may have changed:

My goal was to get to 20 years, but if I can't compete and help a team or help develop a younger point guard then I have to move aside.

While there comes a point in every player’s career where it’s time to end it, this is not the time for Kidd. It may be fact that he shouldn’t be starting in the NBA, but a player of his caliber coming off the bench and teaching a young point man is too valuable.

There has been talk that Kidd would be following Dwight Howard and Deron Williams on their trip to Brooklyn with the Nets, and that would make more sense than anything else. While many teams can offer him playing time, few can offer that much talent if Howard lands with Williams in N.Y.

Kidd loves basketball and just wants to play. It’s obvious that he shouldn’t be playing as many minutes as he has, but if he gets 15 minutes, that’s more than enough to make a serious impact on a game. Especially against the opposition’s bench players.

It’s fair to say that the star’s skills have and will continue to diminish, but to say he is done is false. If he can mentally deal with being a backup, he will play another three or four seasons in the NBA.

 

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