Jason Kidd is officially retiring from the NBA. He told ESPNNewYork.com:
I think it is the right time. 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.
“Jeff [Schwartz, Kidd’s agent] and I and my family had been talking this past weekend. 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.
Wow, a big time decision here.
Kidd had a wonderful NBA career, achieving pretty much everything a player can hope for (multiple All-Star appearances, lots of playoff appearances and winning a championship where he actually was an important part of the team). We’ll miss him.
Hopefully the Knicks will be able to acquire a replacement guard on the open market. With Chris Copeland possibly needing part of the mini-MLE, it will be interesting to see who they end up with.