By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
On Monday afternoon the NBA lost a highly respected veteran when Jason Kidd decided it was time to walk away from the game of basketball and call it a career. Kidd said that he decided while at a wedding over the weekend that it was time to step away.
The career arc of Kidd was very similar to another respected veteran who walked away recently in Grant Hill. The only real difference from Kidd was Hill’s inability to avoid the big injuries, missing only 119 games in 19 seasons compared to over 400 for Hill. Kidd, like Hill, dominated his position in the NBA. Kidd was a threat to go off for a triple-double every time he stepped on the court, finishing his career for third on the all-time list with 107. Kidd also finished second all-time in assists with 12,091 and steals with 2,684 behind John Stockton. Kidd was also named to the All-Star team 10 times and led the NBA in assists five times.