Jonah Ballow of NYKnicks.com first reported the news on his Twitter account:
Ballow also quoted a statement from Kidd:
Kidd played the final year of his career with the New York Knicks, but he also spent time with the Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets and Phoenix Suns.
Overall, the guard averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds over the course of 19 years in the NBA. He finished second all-time behind John Stockton in both assists and steals, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
Jason Kidd finished 2nd in NBA history in both assists (12,091) and steals (2,684), behind John Stockton.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 3, 2013
He was also third in NBA history in career triple-doubles behind only Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. While he was rarely the biggest scoring threat, he was always able to make an impact in some way to help his team.
The league posted this fitting tribute to all of the accomplishments of the 10-time All-Star on its Instagram account:
Unsurprisingly, plenty of people had great things to say about Kidd's career and impact on the game. His latest coach, Mike Woodson, started things off with this comment about his leadership, via Ian Begley of ESPN:
Woodson on Jason Kidd: “Jason provided an incredible voice inside our lockerroom and I considered it an honor to say I coached him.” #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 3, 2013
Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald discussed his impact on the league, via Begley:
“Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone,” Glen Grunwald says on Kidd.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 3, 2013
ESPN analyst Mike Greenberg tweeted about the player's overall greatness relative to the history of the league:
I never saw a player who had greater influence on outcome of a basketball game without scoring than Jason Kidd. Top 10 point guard all time.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) June 3, 2013
Despite all of the statistics, arguably the biggest highlight of his career came in 2011 when he finally won his first and only championship with the Dallas Mavericks.
Kidd's retirement is the second major NBA retirement in less than a week, with Grant Hill also deciding to call it quits, via Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal:
Grant Hill announces his retirement on Saturday; Knicks announce Jason Kidd's today: pic.twitter.com/8JYVQ9e5Wz— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) June 3, 2013
After 19 years in the league, the 40-year-old superstar had accomplished nearly everything one could hope for in a career. He will almost certainly be inducted into the Hall of Fame when his time comes.
The good news is that he might not be away from the game for too long. According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the guard might move into coaching now that his playing days are over:
Just-retired Jason Kidd says on ESPN Radio he's interested in coaching.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) June 3, 2013
This makes sense because there were few in the league who knew the game as well as Kidd. He will have the opportunity to bring his knowledge and leadership to a new position in the sport.
Regardless of what he does from this point, Kidd will leave a legacy not only as a great player, but also as a great teammate and a great person.
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