Jason Kidd has been a professional basketball player since 1994 when he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks. He has also played for the Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, and has recently signed with the New York Knicks. Considered one of the greatest point guards of all time Kidd is in the record book for both assists and triple-doubles.
Kidd became the first Phoenix player ever to lead the NBA in assists during the 1998-1999 season, averaging 10.8 per game. His performance powered another Suns' trip to the finals. He once again topped the NBA in assists per game in the 1999-2000 season, averaging 10.1. Although he suffered an ankle injury late in the season, he returned in time to help his team beat the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. The Suns, however, lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.
University of California, Berkeley was the choice of Jason Kidd for his college education. This selection has astonished many of the universities, who have their eyes on Kidd as a basketball player, to represent their college teams. Those universities included University of Arizona, University of Kentucky, University of Kansas and Ohio State University.
When Jason Kidd was having his college times in life initially he was announced as the Freshman of the Year award. He has averaged 13.0 points, 7.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game. In the sophomore year of Jason Frederick Kidd, he has maintained his career by averaging 16.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 9.1 assists. He has broken previous school record for assists in his history.
NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jason Kidd, established his Foundation in March 1999. As many of us, Jason believes that we must nurture and assist in the development of our children because they are our future.
"Giving back to the community is very important to me because the community has given me so much throughout my career," Jason has said. "Fan support has really kept me going and it means a lot to me. I've been so lucky to have a career doing what I love. I love helping others-good service to others is what brings you true happiness.”
Since first arriving on the NBA scene as a rookie in 1994, Jason Kidd has demonstrated his commitment to philanthropy and remains one of the most involved, community-oriented players in the league. Beyond his Olympic medals, 10-time NBA All-Star honors and endless on-court accolades, the point guard’s hardwood vision and ability to inspire those around him extends far beyond the sidelines. Jason and his Foundation have given a tremendous amount of time and resources to support numerous causes, literally transforming the lives of thousands of individuals. For Jason, the ability to give is one of the greatest blessings of his success.
Kidd was arrested in January 2001 after a domestic dispute with his wife, Joumana Kidd. Kidd reached an agreement with the court that included counseling and anger management training... Kidd filed for divorce from Joumana in January of 2007, citing "extreme cruelty" toward him and their three children. She filed a countersuit a month later, also claiming abuse. To expedite proceedings under New Jersey's no-fault divorce laws, Kidd amended his complaint and cited "irreconcilable differences" instead of cruelty.
The combination of Jason Kidd and the New York Knicks will take the East by storm.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Kidd has agreed to join forces with the Knicks in the Big Apple. Although Kidd and all NBA free agents could not sign until July 11, Kidd had decided he would join New York all the same.
Jason Kidd ranks #2 all time in assists for the NBA and ABA with 10,923 assists.
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Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks and Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons, shared rookie of the year honors in the 1994-1995 NBA season.
But beyond all of these attributes, beyond the intangibles that Jason Kidd has exhibited for thousands of hardwood days, he is simply a uniquely talented athlete, blessed with once-in-a-generation court vision that borders on extrasensory perception. From his youth to the present, Jason has left coaches, teammates, and onlookers awestruck, making the on-court impossible possible, all the while evolving into one of the statesmen and leaders of today’s professional game.
In 17-plus N.B.A. seasons, Kidd’s 107 triple-doubles place him third all-time behind Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138)...“The coach I played for kind of instilled that in me,” Kidd said of Frank LaPorte, who led the Pilots to back-to-back state championships. “He instilled the sense of playing both ends and not just focusing on scoring or rebounding but also helping your teammates get better. That’s stuck with me since St. Joe’s.”
Jason Frederick Kidd was born on March 23, 1973, in San Francisco, California. (Click here for a complete listing of today's sports birthdays.) His parents, Steve and Anne, welcomed a girl, Denise, a year later. Kim, the last of the three Kidd children, arrived 10 years after Denise. Steve and Anne eventually divorced, but stayed on amicable terms.
The Kidds lived comfortably in Alameda, a suburb of Oakland, near the Oakland Coliseum. They owned three horses. Every summer, the Kidds took family vacations, including trips to visit relatives from Steve’s side of the family in Plattsburg, Missouri.
Knicks guard Jason Kidd told police he "had a few drinks" and had been "at a club on the South Fork" before his alleged drunken driving accident early Sunday in Water Mill, court records show.
Kidd "smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage, he had slurred speech, [was] very unsteady afoot and had bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes," according to the misdemeanor driving while intoxicated complaint.
The 6-foot, 4-inch, 220-pound Kidd, 39, listed his employer as the New York Knicks and his occupation as "athlete" after being arrested by Southampton Town police, according to the police report.