The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Jason Kidd retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons” (Web-site/URL: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/jason-kidd-retiring-nba-19-164600839–nba.html).
“Jason Kidd became one of the best by making OTHERS better“.
“He turned around a longtime-losing franchise (New Jersey Nets), guided another to a championship (Dallas Mavericks), and helped his last one (New York Knicks) to its first division title since the year he came into the NBA 19 years ago”. Since basketball is a TEAM sport, we have to assume that the pinnacle of his career was WINNING THE 2011 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THE DALLAS MAVERICKS.
Teammates loved him. The U.S. national team needed him”.
“But he looked more BURNED OUT than brilliant in the final weeks of the season, and on Monday (June 3, 2013), he decided to end ONE OF THE GREATEST CAREERS FOR A POINT GUARD IN LEAGUE HISTORY“. Well a 40-year-old would be “burned out” (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Kidd). Kidd leaves the NBA THIRD all time in TRIPLE-DOUBLES and SECOND all-time in ASSISTS & STEALS (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/22346166/jason-kidd-announces-retirement-after-19-seasons).
“In a statement released by the New York Knicks”, Kidd said: “‘My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that MUST come to an end after 19 years” because of PHYSICAL limitations or MENTAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS? “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 and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court“.
“Dirk Nowitzki, who played with Kidd on the Mavs’ (2011) title team, wrote on Twitter that Kidd was ”ONE OF THE BEST point guards ever and one of the FIERCEST COMPETITORS I have ever played with. (Kidd had an) AMAZING career. He always put THE TEAM and WINNING first. All the best to him in retirement“.
“The Knicks signed Kidd away from Dallas last summer (2012) with a three-year deal, and he helped them flourish with a lineup that often featured two point guards. They won 54 games and their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, which was just before Kidd was drafted by Dallas with the No. 2 overall pick”.
According to Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald, “Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association (NBA) CANNOT be quantified by statistics alone” obviously. “Everyone here in New York saw firsthand WHAT A TREMENDOUS COMPETITOR HE IS and why Jason is considered to be one of the BEST point guards, and LEADERS the game has ever seen“. We need more “leaders”.
According to former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, “Veteran leadership on and OFF(?) the court was a huge factor for our team that recorded 54 victories and an Atlantic Division crown“. Jason Kidd was great “ON the court”. ” Off the court”, he has numerous run-ins with the law. “Jason PROVIDED AN INCREDIBLE VOICE INSIDE OUR LOCKER ROOM and I CONSIDERED IT AN HONOR TO SAY I COACHED HIM“.
According to Nets general manager Billy King, “Jason Kidd was the captain of the Nets DURING THEIR MOST SUCCESSFUL PERIOD in the NBA and is considered THE GREATEST PLAYER in the Nets’ NBA history. On behalf of the entire Brooklyn Nets organization, we congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career“. Kidd led the Nets (located in NEW JERSEY at the time) to consecutive NBA Finals berths in 2001 and 2002.
Finally,”Respected around the league, Kidd won the NBA’s sportsmanship award this season (2012-’13), becoming the first player to win it in consecutive seasons. Commissioner David Stern said that was equally important as the way Kidd played, saying Kidd “embodied the ideals of TEAM sports“. Unlike a lot of players, past and present, Jason Kidd emphasized ASSISTS. “On behalf of the NBA family and basketball fans worldwide, I want to thank Jason for all he has done for the NBA and the sport of basketball, and hope he will continue to help us grow the game. We wish him and HIS FAMILY all the best“. He has a new wife now (Porschla Coleman).
This article is talking about Jason Kidd’s accomplishments ON the court. However he is a controversial figure OFF the court, he is FAR FROM the perfect person having been charged with sexually assaulting his first wife, Joumana in January, 2001 (while with PHOENIX) and on July 15, 2012, Kidd was charged with a DWI (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Kidd). So this is the latest athlete who leaves behind a GREAT legacy ON the court. He will certainly be a Hall of Famer. However, off the court, he’s no different from CELEBRITIES such as PARIS HILTON and LINDSEY LOHAN, people whose ANTICS often land them in hot water.