Jason Kidd
Basketball player
Jason Kidd
Jason Frederick Kidd is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Raised in Oakland, California, Kidd played college basketball at the University of California, Berkeley and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. Then, from 1996 to 2001, Kidd played for the Phoenix Suns and later for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008.
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Bucks concerned for status of Thon Maker after travel ban enacted
ABC News - 22 days
Milwaukee Bucks rookie center Thon Maker made his second career start in Saturday's 112-108 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics. But teammates and friends may have been more focused on how Maker might be affected by President Donald Trump's temporary ban on the entry of non-American citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. Maker was born in Wau, Sudan, which became part of an independent South Sudan in 2011. Sudan is one of the seven banned countries, along with Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Maker moved with his family to Australia in 2002, so he also has Australian citizenship and travels with an Australian passport. Still, there were concerns for Maker as the Bucks were returning from a Friday night game in? Toronto,?just as U.S. Customs and Border Protection notified airlines about passengers whose visas had been canceled. Bucks coach Jason Kidd, in announcing Saturday that Maker would start, confirmed that Maker. ...
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Antetokounmpo shines as Bucks silence Westbrook's Thunder
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks withstand a 30-point night from Russell Westbrook in a 98-94 NBA win over Oklahoma City. Antetokounmpo added five assists in a poised performance for the Bucks, who kept their composure in the face of a red-hot start from the Thunder and turned the tide with a massive third-quarter effort. "You look at what he does on a consistent basis, that's what stars are measured on," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said of the Greek forward who is emerging as a star.
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Thursday's recap: Bucks 108, Bulls 97
Chicago Times - 2 months
Bucks coach Jason Kidd joked that game planning will be easy on Thursday and Friday. That's because the Bulls are the opponent on both nights. Give Round 1 to the Bucks, 108-97. Giannis Antetokounmpo's 30 points led the Bucks, who led by as many as 27 points before a Bulls' fourth-quarter rally. ...
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Parker, Monroe Help Bucks Hold Off Hawks in Double Overtime
NYTimes - almost 1 year
Bucks coach Jason Kidd has been waiting for a signature victory on the road.
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Antetokounmpo Dunks 8 Times, Bucks Beat Magic in Kidd Return
NYTimes - about 1 year
Giannis Antetokounmpo dunked eight times and scored 25 points as the Milwaukee Bucks, with coach Jason Kidd back on the bench, sent the Orlando Magic to their seventh straight loss, 107-100 Tuesday night.
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Bucks Welcoming Coach Jason Kidd Back From Hip Surgery
NYTimes - about 1 year
Jason Kidd figures that he will have a higher cellphone bill after getting stuck at home while recuperating from hip surgery.
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Nets Fire Coach Lionel Hollins, Reassign GM Billy King
Huffington Post - about 1 year
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey. The Nets said assistant Tony Brown will serve as the interim head coach, and the GM position will remain open until a replacement is hired. The Nets have lost four in a row overall and nine straight at home, where attendance has dwindled at the $1 billion Barclays Center. The Nets had made the playoffs every year since relocating for the 2012-13 season, but they are 10-27, better only than the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers. King had been GM since 2010, orchestrating a number of high-profile moves that led to just one playoff series victory. Hollins was in his second season as coach. "It's clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership," owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture a ...
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Tuesday's matchup: Bucks at Bulls
Chicago Times - about 1 year
TV/radio: 7 p.m. Tuesday; CSN Plus, WMVP-AM 1000. Storylines: It's the first of four meetings between teams that engaged in a feisty and competitive first-round playoff series in 2015. Joe Prunty is serving as Bucks interim coach while Jason Kidd recovers from hip surgery. Trending: The Bulls have...
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Bucks Shoot 60 Percent, Drop 76ers to 1-30 With 113-100 Win
NYTimes - about 1 year
Instead of a handshake or a pat on the back, Giannis Antetokounmpo received a text message from Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd.
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Bucks Coach Kidd to Have Hip Surgery
NYTimes - about 1 year
Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is to undergo hip surgery and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced on Sunday. Kidd, in his second year with the Bucks, will have the procedure on Monday and assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over the head coaching duties in his absence.
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Kobe chronicles: Jason Kidd understands Bryant's battle with Father Time
LATimes - about 1 year
As Kobe Bryant plays out his 20th and final season with the Lakers, the Los Angeles Times has reached out to players, coaches and broadcasters for recollections about his career. Formerly a player with the New Jersey Nets, Jason Kidd lost to Bryant and the Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals. He's currently...
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Yao, Shaq, Iverson could join Hall of Fame in 2016
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Expected changes to the Basketball Hall of Fame election process could see Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson and China's Yao Ming among those inducted in 2016, according to an NBA website report on Monday. Citing unnamed sources, the report said the Basketball Hall of Fame changes will include reducing by one year the wait for eligibility for induction to the sporting shrine. The new plan would see eligibility after five calendar years rather than five NBA seasons and that would open the door early for several candidates that could be first ballot selections, notably Yao, O'Neal, Iverson as well as Jason Kidd and Steve Nash.
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Bucks coach banned one game for slapping ball from official
Reuters.com - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd has been suspended one game for an on-court outburst that saw him slap a ball out of a referee's hands in a game earlier this week, the National Basketball Association said on Friday.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason Kidd
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    On December 20, 2015 it was reported that Kidd would be out indefinitely as he would undergo hip surgery on December 21.
    More Details Hide Details While Kidd was recovering, his assistant Joe Prunty was acting as an interim coach. On a positive note, Kidd moved rising 21-year old Giannis Antetokounmpo into a point guard position, which helped the young player to record five triple doubles in the season and make progress in most statistical categories. Despite the disappointing season, the Bucks owners issued Kidd a vote of confidence and mentioned a possible prolongation of his contract expiring after the next season. Kidd's first participation in USA basketball came after his first season in college. He was the only freshman chosen to take part in Team USA's 10-member team. The team played five games in Europe and finished with a record of 3–2. Kidd tied for team highs in assists per game with 4., and steals per game with 1.4. He also had averages of 8.4 points per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game.
    The 2015–16 season was less successful for Kidd, as the Bucks finished with a 33-49 record and did not qualify to the playoffs.
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  • 2014
    In his return to Brooklyn on November 19, 2014, he was greeted with heavy boos and jeers.
    More Details Hide Details The Bucks were one of the biggest surprises of the 2014–15 season. Under Kidd's guidance the young team improved from franchise-worst 15 wins in the previous season, finishing with a 41-41 record to advance to the playoffs as the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee achieved that feat despite losing their 2nd draft pick overall Jabari Parker in December to a knee injury and trading star guard Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns in February. Kidd is the first coach in NBA history to lead two franchises to the playoffs in his first two years as a head coach. Kidd finished third in voting for the Coach of the Year Award behind Mike Budenholzer and Steve Kerr.
    On July 1, 2014, the Milwaukee Bucks secured Kidd's coaching rights from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for two second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019.
    More Details Hide Details The move didn't come without controversy, as it was reported that Kidd had been seeking more management power over the Nets GM Billy King and after being denied began talks with the Bucks even though they still had a coach under contract in Larry Drew. He later stated that he felt the Nets truly did not want him nor were they committed to building a contender.
    On April 1, 2014, he was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month a second time for March.
    More Details Hide Details He became the fourth coach overall to win both Player of the Month and Coach of the Month honors. He also became the second coach, after Jeff Hornacek of the Phoenix Suns, to win both honors with the same team. In the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the Brooklyn Nets eliminated the Toronto Raptors in a 7-game series. Kidd is the 19th rookie head coach in the league's history to coach his team in a decisive Game 7 on the road, and became the first one to win it. In the semifinals, the Nets faced the Miami Heat and lost the series 4-1.
    On February 3, 2014, Kidd was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January.
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    However, the Nets were able to turn things around at the beginning of 2014 and finished the season with a 44-38 record, while Kidd began to get recognition for his coaching skills.
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  • 2013
    On October 17, 2013, the Nets retired and raised his number 5 jersey to the rafters before a preseason game against the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details Kidd was suspended for the first two games of the season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge stemming from an incident in July 2012. Joe Prunty served as acting head coach for the team's season opener in Cleveland and their home opener against Miami. He made his debut as head coach on November 3 in a loss to the Orlando Magic. On November 5, Kidd had his first victory as head coach in a 104-88 win over the Utah Jazz. On November 28, Kidd was fined $50,000 by the NBA for instructing his player Tyshawn Taylor to bump into him and intentionally spilling a cup of soda on the court in order to stop the game so his team could draw up a last-second offensive play against the Lakers. After a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day, the Nets dropped to a disappointing 9-19 record. Many critics started to question Kidd's ability to manage a group of veterans that included Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson and there even appeared rumours that Kidd might be on his way out before the end of the season.
    In September 2013, Kidd bought a minority ownership stake in the team (from Jay-Z).
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    On June 12, 2013, Kidd was named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, replacing interim coach P. J. Carlesimo.
    More Details Hide Details He is the third person since the ABA–NBA merger to debut as an NBA head coach the season after he retired as a player.
    Kidd retired on June 3, 2013, after one season with the Knicks and 19 seasons in the NBA.
    More Details Hide Details His announcement came two days after 1995 co-Rookie of the Year Grant Hill retired.
  • 2012
    With the new backcourt duo in the lineup, the Knicks opened the 2012–13 season with a 18-5 record while Kidd averaging 9. points per game on 44 percent three-point shooting in the first two months of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Nearly 40 years old, Kidd was asked to play almost 33. minutes per game in December. New York finished the season with 54 wins, an 18-game jump from the previous season. It was their first 50-win season since 1999–2000. The Knicks advanced to the second round of the playoffs, but lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games. Kidd struggled during the playoffs, when he was held without a field goal in his last 10 playoff games. It was believed that overworking Kidd during the regular season, had strongly affected his performance in the second half of the season and left him burned out for the playoffs.
    On July 12, 2012, Kidd signed with the New York Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details After making a verbal commitment to re-sign with the Mavericks, Kidd changed his mind and decided to sign a 3-year deal with the Knicks. Kidd was expected to act as a mentor to Jeremy Lin but after Lin left to the Houston Rockets, it was assumed that Kidd would serve as a backup to Raymond Felton at the point guard position. During the preseason however, the Knicks head coach Mike Woodson decided to start the season with both playmakers in the starting lineup and Kidd adjusting more to the shooting guard role.
    With 39-year-old Kidd averaging career lows in minutes, points and assists for the regular season, the defending champions were swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs.
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  • 2011
    On September 10, 2011, Kidd married Porschla Coleman, a former model.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children. On July 15, 2012, Kidd was arrested by Southampton Town police and charged with a misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated. According to police, around 2 a.m. Kidd's vehicle struck a telephone pole and ended up in the woods a few blocks away from his home.
    Shortened by a lockout the 2011–12 season turned out to be the last for Kidd in the Mavericks uniform.
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    Kidd won the NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks on June 12, 2011, defeating NBA All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details After appearing and losing in two different NBA finals, it was the first and only championship in his career. Despite a mid-season injury to Dirk Nowitzki, and a season-ending surgery to their starting small forward Caron Butler, the 2010–11 season turned out to be the best for the Mavs in the Kidd's era as they finished the regular season with a 57-25 record. On 4 February, Kidd hit a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Mavs a win in Boston over the Celtics, extending their winning streak to seven games. Kidd sparked the Mavericks' impressive run with a total of 42 points in the first two playoff games against the Portland Trail Blazers. Dallas won the series 4-2. The Mavs then swept the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, with Kidd successfully guarding Kobe Bryant in decisive moments of close games 1 and 3. In the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kidd was partly responsible for guarding young and athletic superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Kidd hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer late in overtime in a Game 4 victory at Oklahoma City to give his team a 3-1 lead. Dallas defeated Oklahoma in five games. In the NBA Finals, the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games, despite being down after the first three. Kidd averaged 9.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game during the Mavericks' 21-game championship run.
    He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner during his pro career, as part of Team USA in 2000 and 2008.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In the first year of Kidd's new contract in the 2009–10 season the Mavericks finished second in the Western Conference with a 55-27 record during the regular season.
    More Details Hide Details However, the season ended with another disappointment as the Mavericks lost in six games to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs. It was rumored that Kidd had gone through a flu just before the series began which might have affected his physical conditions. He did not speak to reporters after Games 5 and 6 and skipped the team's final meeting.
    On July 5, 2009, Kidd verbally committed to re-signing with the Mavericks after being pursued heavily by the New York Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details The three-year deal reportedly was worth more than $25 million, all of it fully guaranteed.
  • 2008
    The following 2008–09 season saw Kidd and the Mavericks stumble out to a rocky start losing eight out of the first fifteen games, but finished the season strongly to earn the sixth seed in the playoffs with a 50–32 record.
    More Details Hide Details Kidd finished the season ranked third among the steals leaders averaging 2. per game, his best in six years. In the playoffs the Mavericks upset the San Antonio Spurs, with Kidd leading the team in assists in all but one game, reaching the Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2006. Kidd's season ended there as the Mavs lost to the Denver Nuggets in five games.
    Although already a member of the Mavericks, Kidd started for the Eastern Conference in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, as he had already been named as a starter prior to the trade.
    More Details Hide Details The Mavericks made a strong playoff push following the trade, but despite a 51–31 record, they were only able to secure the seventh seed in the highly competitive Western Conference. In the playoffs, they faced Chris Paul's New Orleans Hornets, and were eliminated in five games in the first round.
    On February 19, 2008, Kidd was traded to the Mavericks along with Allen and Wright for Van Horn (via a sign and trade deal), Harris, Diop, Hassell, Ager, $3 million, and first round picks in 2008 and 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The Mavericks hoped that Kidd would provide leadership to the team that for years had been labelled as weak mentally and help Dallas and its franchise-player Dirk Nowitzki to win their first ever NBA Championship.
    On February 13, 2008, the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets reached an agreement on a trade to send Kidd and Malik Allen to Dallas for Devin Harris, Devean George, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, two first-round drafts picks (in 2008 and 2010), and $3 million, but the trade fell through when George invoked his (Early) Bird rights, as was stipulated in his contract at the time.
    More Details Hide Details The trade was retooled, with Trenton Hassell replacing George, and Keith Van Horn, who had agreed to come out of retirement, replacing Stackhouse, because NBA officials informed the Mavericks that if Stackhouse were to be included in the deal, he could not re-sign with the team if the Nets chose to buy out his contract. Antoine Wright was also added to the retooled trade proposal (the two teams originally agreed on a separate deal that would have sent Wright to the Mavericks for a 2008 second-round pick, but were ultimately able include him in the Kidd deal).
    On February 19, 2008, Kidd was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the team that originally drafted him.
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    On January 28, 2008, Kidd revealed that his agent had been talking to the Nets' front office about a trade.
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    Kidd was voted by the fans to start in the 2008 All-Star game in New Orleans as a guard along with Dwyane Wade.
    More Details Hide Details During that season Kidd had been mentioned in trade rumors, notably to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the deal fell through when the Lakers refused to give up their young center Andrew Bynum.
  • 2007
    On February 15, 2007, Joumana Kidd filed a counterclaim for divorce, claiming that the NBA star—among countless instances of abuse—"broke her rib and damaged her hearing by smashing her head into the console of a car".
    More Details Hide Details The couple have three children: Trey Jason (T.J.), born October 12, 1998, and twins Miah and Jazelle, born September 26, 2002.
    On January 9, 2007, Kidd filed for divorce, citing "extreme cruelty" during their relationship.
    More Details Hide Details He contended intense jealousy, paranoia, and the threat of "false domestic abuse claims" to the police as reasons for the divorce.
    In 2007, Kidd participated in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007.
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    In the 2007–08 season, Kidd became the third player to get a triple-double in three straight games since 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He did so after he logged his 97th career triple-double in a 115–99 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
    In the middle of the 2007–08 season, Kidd was traded back to Dallas, where he won his only NBA championship in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details After finishing his playing career with the New York Knicks in 2012–13, he retired and returned a week later as head coach for the now Brooklyn Nets. Kidd's ability to pass and rebound made him a regular triple-double threat, and he retired ranked third all-time in the NBA for regular season triple-doubles with a career total of 107 and second in playoff triple-doubles with a career total of 11. He finished his career also ranked second on the NBA all-time lists in career assists and steals and fifth in the 3-point field goals made category. Kidd was born in San Francisco, and raised in an upper middle class section of Oakland. His father, Steve, was African-American, and his mother, Anne, is Irish-American. As a youth, Kidd was highly scouted for AAU teams and tourneys, garnering various all-star and MVP awards. He attended the East Oakland Youth Development Center and frequented the city courts of Oakland, where he often found himself pitted against future NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton. At St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, under the guidance of coach Frank LaPorte, Kidd led the Pilots to consecutive state championships, averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals his senior season. During that year, he also received a host of individual honors, including the Naismith Award as the nation's top high school player, and was named Player of the Year by PARADE and USA Today.
  • 2006
    In the first round of the 2006–07 postseason Kidd averaged 14. points, 13.2 assists, 10. rebounds, and 2. steals, as the Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors in six games.
    More Details Hide Details He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple playoff series. For the postseason, Kidd averaged 14.6 points, 10.9 assists and 10.9 rebounds in twelve playoff games. He became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire postseason. Despite Kidd's efforts the Nets were eliminated in six games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    Kidd was named a reserve for the NBA All-Star game along with teammate Vince Carter during the 2006–07 season.
    More Details Hide Details However, Kidd missed the game because of a strained back and was replaced on the roster by Joe Johnson. On April 7, 2007, Kidd and Carter became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did it in 1989 for the Chicago Bulls.
  • 2005
    In the 2005–06 season, Kidd averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.4 assists.
    More Details Hide Details He and Carter led the Nets to a third-place finish in the East with a 49–33 record to clinch their fourth Atlantic Division title in the last five seasons. In April the Nets recorded NBA season-best winning streak, which was ended by the Cleveland Cavaliers at 14 wins in a row. Kidd was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the fourth time in his career. In the playoffs the Nets beat the Indiana Pacers in six games in the first round, but later in the Conference Semifinal they were defeated again by the Miami Heat, the eventual champions.
  • 2004
    He made a full recovery and returned to the court for the 2004–05 season in December, during which the Nets acquired star swingman Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors.
    More Details Hide Details With the Nets hanging on the prospect of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2001 and with Jefferson injured, Carter and Kidd combined to fuel the team to a late regular-season surge that enabled them to inch past the Cleveland Cavaliers for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East. The Nets were eliminated in four games to the top-seeded Miami Heat in the first round.
    On July 1, 2004, Kidd underwent microfracture surgery to repair a damaged knee.
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  • 2003
    In the 2003–04 season, Kidd averaged 15.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 9.2 assists (leading the league in assists for the second year in a row).
    More Details Hide Details The Nets led by Kidd finished the season 47–35 as their leader was voted to the All-NBA First Team for the fifth time in his career. In the playoffs however, they lost in the Conference Semifinals in a seven-game series against the Detroit Pistons, the eventual champions. Kidd went scoreless in the decisive Game 7, while playing with a serious knee injury.
    As an unrestricted free agent in the 2003 offseason, there was speculation that Kidd would join the defending champion Spurs and replace Tony Parker as their starting point guard.
    More Details Hide Details Parker, then young and unproven, was perceived to have "limitations" in his game that Kidd did not. However, Kidd elected to stay with the Nets on a 6-year, $99 million deal.
  • 2002
    The team, given the "Redeem team" moniker because of failures in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and 2004 Summer Olympics, were once again crowned to be the best team in world basketball.
    More Details Hide Details Overall, Kidd brought home five gold medals as member of the national team: three from Olympic qualifying tournaments, one from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and one from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kidd retired second all-time in the NBA in both assists and steals behind John Stockton. Five times he led the NBA in assists. His 107 career triple-doubles are third all-time, trailing only Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. Kidd finished his career with averages of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 1,391 regular-season games. He impacted games with his accurate passes and by involving his teammates; scoring was not his focus. He is considered by many to be one of the best rebounding guards ever to play in the league, and ESPN called him "one of the best passing and rebounding point guards in NBA history."
    In November 2002, Kidd was selected to participate in the 2002 USA Basketball Men's World Championship Team.
    More Details Hide Details However, he had to withdraw from the team due to an injury. Kidd came back the next year and participated at the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico. Kidd again led the team to a record of 10–0, bringing home the gold medal and a berth at the 2004 Olympics. Kidd started all 10 games and had averages of 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.9 apg, and 1.2 spg. However, Jason Kidd again had to withdraw from the 2004 Olympic team due to another injury.
    New Jersey enjoyed another stellar season under Kidd's leadership in the 2002–03 season, during which the team finished 49–33 and reached the NBA finals once again.
    More Details Hide Details Kidd had his highest scoring season with 18.7 points per game and led the league in assists with 8.9 per game. This time Kidd was selected to the All-NBA Second Team. In the playoffs after splitting the first four games with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets recorded a 10-game winning streak, while sweeping the Celtics and the Detroit Pistons on the way to their second consecutive NBA Finals. In the Finals New Jersey lost to Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs in six games, even though the series was tied after the first four games.
  • 2001
    The 2001–02 season saw Kidd lead the Nets to a 52–30 finish, a 26-game improvement from the season before and the first 50-win season in the franchise's NBA history.
    More Details Hide Details He was voted to the All-NBA First Team and finished second to the Spurs' Tim Duncan in MVP voting. Many critics and fans have argued that Kidd deserved to win the award because of his impact in New Jersey—transforming the Nets from perennial league doormats into championship contenders seemingly in the space of a single training camp. Under Kidd's guidance, the young Nets team prospered through the playoffs, won the Eastern Conference title and advanced to the franchise's first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals. Along the way they had some memorable moments including a double overtime victory against the Indiana Pacers in the decisive Game 5 (NBA used to have a 2-2-1 format for the playoffs first round back then). Indiana's Reggie Miller forced the first overtime with a 35-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer and the second one with a two-handed dunk, but the Nets eventually survived and beat Indiana 120-109. Kidd scored 20 of his then playoffs-best 31 points in the 4th quarter and overtimes. After defeating the Charlotte Hornets 4-1 in the second round, the Nets then faced the Boston Celtics in the Conference Finals. In that series Kidd and the Nets experienced the biggest 4th quarter collapse in the playoffs history, when the Celtics came back from a 21-point deficit to win the pivotal Game 3, taking a 2-1 series lead. However, the Nets then won three consecutive games, while Kidd averaged a triple double for the entire series.
    On June 28, 2001, after five seasons in Phoenix in which the team made the playoffs each year, he was traded, along with Chris Dudley, to the New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury, Johnny Newman, and Soumaila Samake.
    More Details Hide Details Kidd joined the franchise as the team was constructed around a sophomore Kenyon Martin, veterans Kerry Kittles and Keith Van Horn, along with the rookies Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins, and Brandon Armstrong coming from the draft-day trade for the 7th pick Eddie Griffin.
  • 2000
    The 2000–01 season was affected by Kidd's personal problems as he was charged with domestic abuse of his wife.
    More Details Hide Details The Suns, who struggled in the middle part of the season, finished strongly with a 15-6 record to secure another 50-win season. Kidd took on more of the offensive load after his teammates encouraged him to be more selfish. He recorded 30-plus points six times on the year and five times in the last 19 games. In one particular hot stretch, he scored 36, 32 and 31 in three consecutive games in mid-March, prior to which he had never recorded consecutive 30-point games. During his stay in Phoenix, Kidd made the All-Star Game in 1998, 2000, and 2001 (in 1999 it was not held because of a lockout) and led the NBA in assists for three consecutive years (1999–2001). It was also with the Suns that Kidd rose to the status of the league's best playmaker as he was voted to the All-NBA First Team three years in a row (1999–2001).
    Combination of Kidd and Hardaway in the starting lineup was often labeled as the BackCourt 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a decent 53-29 record, the Suns' season was spoiled by injuries to both of their superstars. Kidd, who broke his ankle late in the regular season, returned during the playoffs to help his team to beat the defending champion San Antonio Spurs and advance to the second round for the first time in his career.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    In the 1998–99 season, Kidd averaged 10.8 assists per game to dethrone Washington's Rod Strickland as the league's assists leader.
    More Details Hide Details He also led the NBA with seven triple-doubles (the rest of the league had just 11) and was second in the NBA with 41.2 minutes per game (behind Allen Iverson's 41.5 mpg). Kidd averaged career highs in points (16.9 ppg), field goal percentage (.444), rebounds (6.8 rpg, best among NBA guards) and steals (2.28 spg, fourth in the NBA) and was the only player to be ranked among the top 50 in the NBA in 10 different statistical categories. The Suns won all seven of the games in which he had triple-doubles. The Suns acquired Penny Hardaway from the Orlando Magic before the start of the 1999–00 season in hope of creating the best backcourt duo in the league.
  • 1997
    Kidd married his first wife, Joumana, in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2001, he was arrested and pleaded guilty to a domestic abuse charge for assaulting his wife Joumana. As part of his plea, Kidd was ordered to attend anger management classes for six months. Kidd completed the mandatory counseling and continued to attend on his own. He and his wife were both active in their church and were thought to have completely reconciled.
    In his first full season with the Suns in 1997–98, the team's win total improved by 16 games.
    More Details Hide Details The Suns, who finished the season with a 56-26 record, had been recognized for their fast-paced style of play with Kidd frequently leading a small lineup of four guards (Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Rex Chapman and Steve Nash) being on the floor at the same time together with Antonio McDyess playing at center.
  • 1996
    Kidd was traded to the Phoenix Suns with Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer for Michael Finley, A. C. Green, and Sam Cassell during the 1996–97 season.
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    In the following season Kidd was voted a starter in the 1996 All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details In his first two years with the Mavericks, the move most people associated him with is "the baseball pass". Kidd was a member of the "Three J's" in Dallas along with Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn. After promising beginnings, things turned sour among the trio. Mashburn's injury combined with deteriorated personal relations between the immature leaders of the team resulted in the Mavericks taking a step backwards instead of further development. Kidd's continued problems with the coaches affected the Mavericks' decision to trade their young star just in his third season in the league.
  • 1995
    Kidd was selected as the second pick overall by the Dallas Mavericks, behind Glenn Robinson of Purdue, and just ahead of Duke's Grant Hill. In his first year he averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists, and led the NBA in triple doubles, sharing 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Hill of the Detroit Pistons.
    More Details Hide Details The year before the Mavericks drafted Kidd, they finished the season with the worst record in the NBA at 13–69. After Kidd's first season with the Mavericks, their record improved to 36–46 which was the largest improvement in the NBA.
  • 1994
    Kidd was also named a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as college basketball's top player and subsequently opted to enter the NBA draft in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Cal retired Kidd's number 5 jersey.
    Raised in Alameda, California, Kidd played college basketball for the California Golden Bears and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details He was named co-NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Mavericks. Then, from 1996 to 2001, Kidd played for the Phoenix Suns and later for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. He led the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born on March 23, 1973.
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