Jason Kidd retired Monday from the NBA after 19 seasons, ending one of the greatest careers for a point guard in league history.
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 struggled badly in the playoffs for the Knicks 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.
"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 Knicks. "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."
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.
Kidd went on from there to have big impacts on every team he joined. He led the longtime-losing Nets to two NBA Finals in 2002-03, helped the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 title, and was on the first Knicks team to reach the second round of the playoffs since 2000.
He averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals in a career that also included a stop in Phoenix.
Blaylock charged with homicide
Authorities in Georgia say former NBA All-Star Daron "Mookie" Blaylock has been charged with vehicular homicide in a head-on crash in suburban Atlanta. Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen says the 46-year-old Blaylock is also charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain his lane in the Friday crash. Police say Blaylock was driving an SUV that crossed the center line and struck a van. A van passenger, 43-year-old Monica Murphy, died hours later.
Around the league
Nuggets •Danilo Gallinari says he will undergo surgery to repair the ACL on his left knee next week and is hoping to be back on the court for Denver around February. The Italian forward has been rehabbing since an operation in late April to fix the meniscus in a knee he hurt April 4 against Dallas.
Grizzlies • Lionel Hollins doesn't want to talk to any other NBA teams and wants to continue coaching Memphis. Hollins said Monday on Sports 56 WHBQ-AM in Memphis he thought everything was good after a meeting with team owner Robert Pera and chief executive officer Jason Levien a few days ago, but then heard the Grizzlies had given him permission to talk to other teams. Hollins' contract is up June 30.