Finally Hanging Them Up? Jason Kidd Could Retire From Basketball After This Season
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Knicks point guard Jason Kidd will turn 40 years old on Saturday, joining teammate Kurt Thomas, Grant Hill and Juwan Howard in the NBA’s so-called “40 Club.”
So how much more does the 18-year veteran have left?
The future Hall of Famer signed a three-year, $9 million contract with New York on July 5, 2012. His first year of the deal will include a playoff run, but will he keep his commitment and play out the remaining years on his contract?
That’s far from a certainty.
According to the New York Daily News, those who know Kidd well said that they wouldn’t be surprised if the 10-time NBA All-Star decides to call it quits after this season.
The five-time All-NBA First Team selection, now a backup for the first time in his illustrious career, even acknowledged that he’s undecided about his future.
“I don’t know,” Kidd told the newspaper. “I’m taking it one year at a time.”
Kidd knows that he has nothing left to prove to the basketball world, but after winning his only championship in 2011, the thought of winning another one makes him salivate.
“I’ve achieved everything,” Kidd told the Daily News. “It’s about the competition now and trying to achieve the ultimate goal, and that’s to be the last team standing. When you fulfill that goal to win you want another one because you know it’s the ultimate feeling of winning a championship. You want that second one just as much as you want the first one.”
Kidd has played 61 games for the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks this season, starting in 48 of those contests. He’s averaging 6.6 points, 3.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game.
Since breaking into the NBA in 1994, the legendary floor general has played for the Mavericks (twice), the Suns, the Nets and, of course, the Knicks.
Knicks fans, would you like to see Kidd play out the remaining years on his contract? Or would you be fine with him calling it quits after this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…