After a long, illustrious career and a single, solid season with the Knicks that ended quite poorly, Jason Kidd has announced his retirement from professional basketball:
June 3, 2013 - NY Knicks EVP & GM Glen Grunwald announced that NBA Great Jason Kidd has retired from playing professional basketball.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) June 3, 2013
This had been rumored for a little while, and the rumblings got stronger once the season ended. It's somewhat poetic that Kidd and co-Rookie-of-the-Year Grant Hill left the league within days of one another.
How, exactly, the Knicks and Kidd are going to deal with the final two years and $6ish million dollars left on Kidd's contract remains to be seen. For now: Thanks for some good times, Jason, and happy trails.
Update: Lest we dwell on Kidd ending his lone season a Knick in a long, horrid slump, here are a few of the aforementioned good times:
That, plus a whoooole lot of rebounds, deflections, extra passes, and-- if you think back far enough-- three-pointers. I swear, he hit those regularly for a while.