NBA notebook: Kidd joins Hill, retires after a 19-year career

2013-06-04T00:00:00Z NBA notebook: Kidd joins Hill, retires after a 19-year careerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Jason Kidd became one of the best by making others better.

He turned around a longtime-losing franchise, guided another to a championship, and helped his last one to its first division title since the year he came into the NBA 19 years ago.

Teammates loved him. The U.S. national team needed him.

But he looked more burned out than brilliant in the final weeks of the season, and on Monday he decided to end one of the greatest careers for a point guard in league history.

"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 released by the New York Knicks.

Kidd won an NBA title and two Olympic gold medals, is second on the career list in assists and steals, and was a 10-time All-Star. But he missed 22 of his 25 shots in the postseason and was scoreless in his final 10 playoff games shortly after turning 40, and decided to walk away with two years and more than $6 million left on the deal he signed last summer.

His retirement comes two days after fellow 40-year-old Grant Hill, with whom Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honors in 1995, announced his retirement.

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