Jason Kidd Hanging Up His Sneakers

40-year-old Knicks vet announces retirement after 19 NBA seasons

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 3, 2013 4:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Veteran NBA player Jason Kidd announced his retirement today, after playing 19 NBA seasons. "I think it is the right time," the 40-year-old Knicks point guard told ESPN. "When you think about 19 years, it has been a heckuva ride. Physically, I want to be able to participate in activities with my kids so it has taken a toll. It is time to move on and think about maybe coaching or doing some broadcasting." Kidd is a 10-time All Star, won a championship with the Mavericks, and has two Olympic gold medals with Team USA. Fellow 40-year-old baller Grant Hill also announced his retirement on the weekend, leaving Miami Heat's Juwan Howard the oldest player in the NBA, notes the LA Times.

Jason Kidd shoots past Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series.
Jason Kidd shoots past Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd looks at the scoreboard as he goes to the bench while playing the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis.
New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd looks at the scoreboard as he goes to the bench while playing the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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