Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 12:30 pm  |  62 responses

Jason Kidd Reportedly Considering Retirement

by Marcel Mutoni@ marcel_mutoni

Jason Kidd is contemplating retirement after this season, according to media reports. The man is turning 40 tomorrow, after all.

This being Kidd’s 19th and perhaps final season, the future Hall of Famer is said to be increasingly open to the idea of walking away from the game.

Per the NY Daily News:

Carmelo Anthony coined the nickname “Mid Life” for 40-year-old Kurt Thomas during training camp and the name stuck. “Oh my God,” Jason Kidd said. “We were dying.” The irony, of course, is not lost on Kidd. Yes, Thomas is the NBA’s oldest player as well as the champion chop-buster of the Knicks locker room. He dishes it out with the best of them but as the senior citizen on the roster Thomas is tormented regularly by the likes of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. He also provides cover for Kidd, who Saturday joins the league’s exclusive 40 Club, whose current membership consists of Thomas, the Clippers’ Grant Hill and Miami’s Juwan Howard. “Kurt’s still the oldest,” Kidd says. “He’s the one that everyone kills.”

Although he signed a three-year contract with the Knicks last summer, he isn’t ruling out retirement at season’s end. Several people close to Kidd have said they wouldn’t be surprised if Kidd, now a backup for the first time in his Hall of Fame career, decides to walk away. “I don’t know,” Kidd said. “I’m taking it one year at a time.”

Should Kurt Thomas recover from his foot injury and play again this season, the New York Knicks — holders of the dubious distinction as owners of the oldest roster in League history — would become the first NBA team ever to play two 40-year olds in the same game.

Jason Kidd has had a remarkable career: 107 triple-doubles, 17,471 points, 12,051 assists, 10 All-Star appearances, a championship with the 2011 Dallas Mavericks, and countless smart, highlight-reel plays. Should he retire at season’s end, he won’t have too many regrets. He has made the most of his gifts, and worked extremely hard to play this well for so long.

“I’ve achieved everything,” Kidd said. “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.”

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  • silebyboy

    Will be a sad day when this guy hangs em up. What a player he has been.

  • Max

    No, you gotta play till your 50.

  • LeroyShonuff

    If he would’ve developed a Jumper earlier in his career, He would of hit that 20k mark. Unbelievable great player who took too mediocre teams to the finals

  • roscoe

    y = Mx +B

    or in this case…

    JKd retirement = Melo(Bad Knee) + jKd career achievements

  • Drig

    So……Steve Nash’s career or JKidd’s career??

  • Steve

    agree to that, he’s been an exceptional in his career.

    - basketball-performance.com

  • spit hot fiyah

    or until you play LIKE you are fifty

  • pposse

    all teams besides the lakers and spurs were mediocre in that time period.

    Nonetheless great career, great passer, great defender

  • shockexchange

    Byron Scott won’t be sad.

  • LP

    good one, guess you gotta seperate em by the rings…..i’ll go Kidd…toss up tho

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford


  • 23

    Why exactly do we gotta go by rings?

  • RKJ92

    lol! separate their careers by rings? I choose Robert Horry.

  • Conor

    In the East. Not the West.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Is there a record for most players retiring from one team in one season?
    The Knicks want to put their names in the record books for something this year.

  • danpowers

    kidd, coz defense is also a part of the game

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Hm. Crazy hard. Nash one of the purest to the play the point. 4 time 50-40-90 club. Dude arguably deserves mention when it comes the discussion of the greatest shooters in the game. Pick and roll genius. Kidd is a one of kind basketball player. Triple double machine, uncanny ability to make play’s of any kind, the ultimate court general. He has more in common with Magic than Nash.

    I’d go with Nash. Watching him run teams out of the building and win back2back MVP’s was memorable. I’m Canadian.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lol whats the story im missing here?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    He should have retired when the Mavs won in 2011.

  • Stainless

    f that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Kidd got robbed of an MVP in 2002; Nash robbed others of MVPs during his time. Also, Kidd could do what Nash does (make plays, assist), and also do other things like rebound and defend.

  • LP

    much like jordan was saying w/ Lebron and Kobe…when two great players are very closely matched, he decided his tie breaker would be the # of championships… CLEARLY, ROBERT HORRY IS NOT A GREAT NBA PLAYER, no matter how many rings he has……

  • LP

    They are very evenly matched PGs with outstanding careers……Both great passers….Kidd had Defense….Nash was one of the best shooting PGs ever….if we go by careers, we will go all day…gotta break the tie somewhere, right?

  • bike

    Kidd, because he once snagged 18 rebounds in a game. 18…freakin…rebounds.

  • 23

    If we are gonna have a tie breaker based on career achievements, shouldn’t it be individual achievements? I mean we are comparing 2 individuals right? If we are debating who played on better teams than yeah it would make sense to make our choice based off of team success. But I don’t think ppl should automatically say Kidd because if rings, even as a last resort to choose.

  • shockexchange

    Jason Kidd got Byron Scott fired when he was with the NJ Nets. Scott had led NJ to the NBA finals and three Eastern Conference Finals but Kidd didn’t want to “play his position” so blindsided Scott. For some reason, the media didn’t throw a hissy fit over it. The Shock Exchange wonders why?

  • The Philosopher

    Because, Jason Kidd is “in there.”

  • 23

    If Nash played for the Knicks you would have a different opinion

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaluNewYorker Jerry Alex

    ironically he’s still 3rd behind Ray and Reggie in 3 pointers for a career.

  • JayCelt

    at least he will leave on a positive note.. pretty decent season this year. great career and H.O.F . for sure

  • The Philosopher

    And, a top ten point guard of all time.
    With the surrounding hype with him entering the League, he has very nearly lived up to the hype. If not surpassed it.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    solid arguement. But, I bet Nash would trade those two MVP’s for that 1 ring.

  • danpowers

    b*tch please

  • 23

    I agree with that. But I bet Kidd would trade his Dallas ring for a ring when he went to the finals in Jersey. Considering he was only a role player in dirks dominance wth he got his first ring.

  • RKJ92

    So essentially what your telling me is.. when it comes down to it, it’s Michael Jordan’s idea of more rings makes a better player over everybody else’s views? lol good thing you think for yourself!

  • danpowers

    didnt kidd also reportedly beat his wife?

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    one is not enough.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen


  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I gotta go Kidd, he’s been great his entire career and was able to reinvent himself in the second half of his career to become one of the most prolific 3 point shooters of all time. Equal passer, way better defender and rebounder.

  • Xena

    That would be an accurate report. He did in fact hit his wife. Kidd was also arrested for DWI last off season in 2012. Funny how this stuff is swept under the rug.

  • Pedestrian Nightmare

    Noriaki Kasai!

  • Ugh

    It needs to be noted he also filed charges of assault against his wife.

  • Ugh

    Stop spamming, dirtbag,

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    oh damn. sucked for scott

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i remember when he’d be on the road. fans would be chanting wife beater

  • danpowers

    regardless of his impressive accomplishments as a player its a shame to have smbdy like that on the team. i dont know if other guys r better or worse but as soon as sh*t like that comes out its hard to cheer for one guy. i started to hate on pippen back then because of that too

  • danpowers

    lol oh my

  • danpowers

    well… i wont judge DWI here as i dont know anyone free of sins or mistakes. but beating a woman to me crosses a line

  • dr. ratguts

    what if he beat a woman with his car? just sayin.

  • danpowers

    valid point. i know that dwi means taking an unnecessary high risk of killing anyone out there. the “funny” thing is just that this is only stigmatized when somebody actually gets hurt. i did that dwi sh*t twice when i was younger to be honest and fortunatelly i neither got caught nor did i hurt smbdy. bt i cant judge smbdy on sh*t i did myself. thats on others lol

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Possibly, but he still played a big role, and Dallas is the team that drafted him. Either way, This is a hard debate to solve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Overrated and old. Past it dude. retire now. Those legs are failing and that three ain’t looking too smooth no more. Knicks out in the first round, book it!

  • Niio

    I’d go Kidd all day because he played defence and was a helluva rebounder and not just a good rebounder for a point guard. He also did more with a lot less, I believe Nash pretty much always had better teams than Kidd.

  • shockexchange


  • danpowers

    your mama out in the first round, book it.

  • alex80

    Nashty, Freakin ‘Eh!

  • Jacob Nelson

    This. He slapped her after she threw a cup of yogurt and a spoon in his face….not saying that it’s right but people should know the whole story.

  • R32

    Half the Knicks roster should retire as well.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • z

    Whereas when it’s guys who look like Allen Iverson doing this (in AI’s case allegedly doing these type things) the media runs with it and makes the story big as possible. Wonder why Kidd gets the pass from the media, certain others who usually fit a general profile don’t.

  • z

    Well said. You are definitely “in there.”