New York Knicks guard and future first ballot Hall of Famer Jason Kidd will turn 40 years old Saturday and while it was debatable that Kidd would play all three seasons of his contract that he signed last summer with the Knicks, could Kidd be ready to walk away from the game after this season?
Now in his 19th season, Kidd has started to slow down in certain parts of his game, although all of the intangibles that made him great through the first 18 years of his career are still present on most nights.
But Kidd has become a bench player, but he is still playing a key role on this Knicks team. He averaging 27 minutes a game, spacing the floor and giving them 6.6 points and some savvy, veteran play. The Knicks as a team play smarter when he is on the floor.
But having said that, there is a better than average chance that his 19th NBA season could be his last.
Frank Isola wrote:
Kidd, however, is not ready to commit beyond this season. 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 told the Daily News. “I’m taking it one year at a time.”
Kidd still has value to the Knicks, but the main question is can the 40-year olds body handle the daily grind of an NBA season anymore?
If he does decide to call it a career at the end of the season, Kidd will be remembered as one of the best point guards of his generation and in history.
But looking at NBA point guards in the league now, his generation may have long passed.
Kidd got his championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and was a triple-double machine, but eventually everyone’s day comes and who knows what type of role he will have on next year’s team.
It would be nice to send him out with another championship, although that’s not likely to happen, however a lengthy playoff run would be the next best send away gift.
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