Jason Kidd Calls it a Career After 19 Years in the NBA (VIDEO)

Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle / USA TODAY Sports

After playing in the NBA for 19 seasons, Jason Kidd has announced his retirement.

His decision comes as no surprise, as his position with the New York Knicks was reduced to no more than a role player as the 2012-2013 season progressed. At 40 years old, he enjoyed an impressively long and productive playing career. Playing with four teams, as well as USA Basketball, Kidd now walks into his retirement as a former NBA Champion and an Olympic gold medalist.

It’s appropriate that Kidd announced his retirement two days after Grant Hill¬†announced his. The two former superstars shared NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1995.

When he was at his best, Jason Kidd was the best point guard in the world. He understood the importance of distribution, while still managing to remain a prolific scorer. His quickness and anticipation on defense, which waned considerably late in his career, was a thing of beauty. Kidd was spring-loaded as a college standout playing for the University of California-Berkeley, and he presented a new paradigm for NBA point guards when he joined the league to play for the Dallas Mavericks.

For you young whipper-snappers who didn’t get a chance to see Kidd showing off his ridiculous quickness and speed as a 20-something, here’s a little glimpse at the beginning of his career.

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