Jason Kidd's prolific NBA career will not be marred by an exit, without a championship.
The 10 time all-star retired Monday, June 3, expressing his sentiments through a statement released by the New York Knick's organization.
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” 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.”
Kidd’s tenure reached a climax in 2011, after he won an NBA championship with the team that drafted him second in 1994. He had reached the finals twice before, during his first two seasons with the New Jersey Nets.
Last summer, the embattled point guard signed a three year $9.3 million contract with the Knicks, looking to add some veteran leadership to the young and talented team. Kidd averaged 6 points and 3.3 assists in 76 games for the Knicks this season, before concluding his career with a dismal postseason performance - scoring eleven points in twelve playoff games.
The 40-year-old California native bids farewell to the game, ranking number 2 on the NBA’s all-time assists and steals list. He was a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the USA basketball team in 2000 and 2008.
“Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone,” Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said in a statement. “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.”