Jason Kidd retiring after 19 years in the NBA


Jason Kidd is retiring from the NBA. Kidd, 40, began to think about retirement at the All-Star break but did not make a decision until last weekend.

“I think it is the right time,” Kidd told ESPNNewYork.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.”

During his playing career Kidd was a 10-time All-Star who led the NBA in assists five times and ranks behind only John Stockton in all-time assists and steals.

“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.”

Kidd had two years remaining on his current contract which would have paid him just over $3 million a year. He won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavricks and two Olympic gold medals.