12,091 assists and 1,391 games later, former Maverick Jason Kidd has announced his retirement according to the Public Relations twitter feed of the New York Knicks.
His retirement ends a 19 year playing career spanning stints with the Mavericks, Suns, Nets, and Knicks. Drafted by the Mavericks second over all in the 1994 draft out of the University of California, Kidd’s career spanned two generations of NBA players. Kidd appeared on 10 all star games, five All-NBA first teams, nine All-NBA defense teams, had three final appearances, and won two gold medals to go along with his 2011 Championship ring.
After a three year stint in Dallas to start his career, Kidd rejoined Dallas during the 2008 season. Kidd was key to the 2011 title team, orchestrating the offense and hitting just enough outside shots to keep opposing defenses honest. When his contract ended the summer of 2012, Kidd had a handshake deal in place with owner Mark Cuban before changing his mind and opting to sign a three year deal with the New York Knicks. Prior to his move to the Knicks, there had been some talk of his joining the Dallas front office after his retirement.
Kidd’s retirement does come as a bit of a surprise, considering he had long vocalized his desire to play 20 full years in the NBA. However, he failed to score a single point in his final 10 games with the Knicks. His effectiveness declined rapidly as the season progressed.
Kidd retires 2nd all time in assists, 3rd in three point field goals, second in steals and is a first ballot Hall of Fame candidate. We here at the Two Man Game are sorry to see him go, but thank him for his contributions to Maverick basketball history.