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Saying it was the right time, New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd has decided to hang up his jersey after 19 NBA seasons.
"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," the 40-year-old Kidd told ESPN.com.
"It is time to move on and think about maybe coaching or doing some broadcasting," added Kidd, who made the decision to retire while attending a wedding in Georgia together with his agent Jeff Schwartz.
"This weekend was when we got a chance to relax and really think about it. It is the right thing to do," Kidd said.
Kidd leaves the game as a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame and a point guard known for his passing and rebounding ability. The 10-time All-Star led the NBA in assists five times and finished second all-time in assists and steals behind John Stockton.
Kidd, who had two years remaining on his contract at just more than $3 million per year, leaves the game with an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks and two Olympic gold medals with Team USA.
Kidd also won co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill, who also announced his retirement this season.
"The two things that are probably tied for first are winning a championship with the Mavericks and also being able to win a gold medal -- two gold medals with Team USA," Kidd said. "And then underneath that will probably be sharing Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill."
Kidd averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 1,391 regular-season games. He also had more triple-doubles (107) than anyone outside of Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
Dallas picked Kidd as the second overall pick out of California and played with the Mavs for two and a half seasons before he was traded to the Phoenix Suns.
After being traded to New Jersey in 2001, Kidd transformed the Nets into instant contenders. With Kidd playing at an MVP level, the Nets won 52 games -- a 26-game leap from the season before.
After losing to Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan in back-to-back NBA Finals, Kidd finally got his coveted championship ring as a Maverick. Teaming up with Dirk Nowitzki, Kidd defeated LeBron James and the Heat in six games in 2010-11.
In his 19th season, Kidd signed with the Knicks and helped them win 54 games, an 18-game improvement from the season before. It was the franchise's first 50-win season since 1999-2000.
Jason Kidd Retires after 19 NBA seasons
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