After 19 years in the NBA, Jason Kidd announced his retirement today. And it kind of sucks. While Kidd isn’t one of my most favorite players, he was certainly one of the most exciting to watch during the early 2000’s, and it sucks to watch one of the greatest point guards of basketball history, go out in his worst season ever, not to mention his scoring drought in his final 10 games, where he missed all of his 18 attempts (including a few brutal layup misses).
But let’s not forget, before upsetting the Miami Heat in 2011 for his first and only championship, with the Dallas Mavericks, and playing his final season with the New York Knicks, Jason Kidd was a phenomenon, a new-age point guard, who had the court vision of no other, and of course, the ridiculous passing ability to go with it. And that’s not all, despite standing only 6’4″ tall, Kidd could rebound the ball with the best of them. When he hangs up his jersey today, he will finish as the second all time leader in assists and the third all time leader in triple doubles, cementing himself as one of the best all around players ever.
Yes, Jason Kidd had his shortcomings, he was even the butt of a joke on a TNT commercial for losing in the finals, twice, in two consecutive years. His New Jersey Nets was swept in the 2002 NBA Finals by the mighty Kobe-Shaq era Lakers, and the Nets lost again to the Spurs in the following year in 6 games. But Kidd’s days as a Net were without a doubt the most memorable tenure of his long 19 year NBA career, and personally, I will always remember him in this scene from “Like Mike.”