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Jason Kidd announces his retirement


He had an amazing, 19-year NBA career. A Hall of Fame career.

But it is over — Jason Kidd has announced he has retired from the NBA.

The New York Knicks made the announcement, via their Website manager Jonah Ballow.

“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said in a statement. “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 was the No. 2 pick in the 1994 NBA Draft and went on to be co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill, who just announced his retirement last Thursday. Kidd went on to play in Phoenix, with the New Jersey Nets, back to Dallas and then spent this last season with the Knicks.

“Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said via the twitter feed. “Jason provided an incredible voice inside our locker room and I considered it an honor to say I coached him. (His) Veteran leadership on and off the court was a huge factor for our team that recorded 54 [wins] and an Atlantic Division crown.”

Kidd won a championship as part of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks (when he actually covered LeBron James for stretches and did well), was a 10-time All-Star, five time All-NBA First Team, nine-time NBA All-Defensive team player (five times first team), and he was a two-time Gold Medalist, in 2000 in Sydney and 2008 in Beijing.

Those are Springfield first ballot numbers.

He was an old-school, pass-first point guard (he led the league in assists five times) but could score when needed, averaging 18.3 points a game with the Nets back in 2003. He averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists. 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals a game over the course of his career.

Even this past season, well past his prime, the Knicks offense just flowed better when he was on the court thanks to his smart decisions.

It might have been time, but he will be missed. He is one of the games great point guards ever.

NBA players react to the retirement of Grant Hill

Grant Hill_WOF

After 19 seasons in the NBA, Grant Hill announced his retirement Saturday.

On the court, his legacy is “what might have been,” but off the court you will be hard pressed to find a player better liked by teammates and league executives.

That came through when NBA players went to twitter after they heard the news about Hill.

A few highlights from Grant Hill’s career (VIDEO)

grant hill magic

With Grant Hill announcing his retirement after 19 NBA seasons on Saturday, the league put together a brief clip showcasing some of his highlights.

What’s most noticeable is Hill’s quickness and athleticism, and the speed and ease with which he was able to get by defenders and elevate to the basket.

This video could have been an hour long, but two minutes or so is enough to remind you of what we’ll be missing.

Grant Hill announces his retirement after 19 seasons

Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

Grant Hill is retiring after playing 19 seasons in the NBA, and he made the announcement personally on national television during TNT’s pregame coverage of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Hill played sparingly for the Clippers in his final season, and the team had a prepared release ready once Hill broke the news.

“The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career,” Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks said. “For 19 years, Grant has always been the embodiment of class, a true professional and not only one of the best players – but one of the finest individuals I have been around. We were fortunate to have Grant with us last season, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

Hill played five seasons for the Phoenix Suns before joining the Clippers for this last one, where he really didn’t get a chance to make the impact he was hoping to on a team with championship aspirations. Limited by injury, Hill appeared in just 29 games in Los Angeles, and his averages of 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per contest were by far the lowest of his career.

Just the season before, and really in his final three season in Phoenix, Hill had become his team’s best defender, and regularly guarded the opponent’s best player from the one to the four position. He remained an excellent finisher at the rim on the fast break even in his later years, and was always the consummate professional who was never anything less than a class act to deal with 100 percent of the time.

A seven-time All-Star, Hill had a decorated career that was stellar by any account, even despite the injuries he suffered while with the Orlando Magic. Originally selected with the third overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, he was the co-Rookie of the Year in 1995, and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1997 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was also a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team which won the gold medal.

Hill finishes his career with averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. He will have several opportunities available to him in his life after basketball, one of which which may include an invitation to join the front office in Phoenix in some capacity. The team’s president of basketball operations, Lon Babby, was Hill’s longtime agent before joining the Suns organization.

Jason Kidd undecided about returning next season

Jason Kidd, D.J. Augustin

The Knicks expect Jason Kidd will return next season. Kidd said his “plan” is to come back, too.

But the guard still hasn’t completely made up his mind.

Kidd, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“I am thinking about it. We’ll see. I have to make a decision. We’ll see what happens. Right now I plan on coming back but in the next couple of days or a week or so, I’m going to think about it if I should keep playing or trying something different.’’

Kidd is the NBA’s third-oldest active player, behind Grant Hill and Juwan Howard, and Kidd leads active players in games and minutes. He has plenty of mileage on his tires – which showed when he went scoreless in his final 10 playoff games, missing his last 18 shots – so it would come as little surprise if he retired.

But Kidd is under contract for two (!) more seasons for $3,090,000 each. The Knicks moved the ball better during the regular season when Kidd was on the court as a secondary point guard next to Raymond Felton. In the right role with a low minute limit, Kidd might still be effective next year.

It’s probably just as likely, whether he returns or not, Kidd’s days as a viable NBA player are behind him.