Some NBA fans may not want to admit it, but it’s time for veteran point guard Jason Kidd to retire. Though he had some bright moments this past season with the New York Knicks, the bad has started to outweigh the good, and team management needs to find a reason other than experience and leadership to keep him around.
The 40-year-old Kidd signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Knicks last summer and posted six points and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 35 percent from three-point range in his 19th professional season. He fought back issues along the way, but emerged as a solid shooting option and defender on a New York squad that was just starting to get back into the limelight after nearly a decade of mediocrity.
But that all changed when the playoffs came along. After spending the previous four seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and being strong in the postseason as a shooter, defender and even passer, Kidd was a non-factor for New York in 2013. In 12 playoff games, he averaged just 0.9 points while shooting 12 percent from the field and 18 percent from long range.
I don’t know whether it was fatigue or him just being off his game, but the writing is on the wall. Kidd is more of a liability than he is an asset, and it’s time for him to walk away from the game rather than risk injuring his legacy even more by coming back next season and embarrassing himself.
This will allow the Knicks some more wiggle room in terms of money that can be used in free agency, not to mention in this year’s draft, in which the team must make a solid pick to ensure a bright future.
The fact of the matter is that Kidd is a 10-time All Star with a championship ring, and he really doesn’t have anything left to prove. It’s time for him to retire, and the Knicks will be all the better next season if he does.