Former Cal star Jason Kidd retires from NBA

Former Cal star Jason Kidd retires from NBA
June 3, 2013, 9:30 am
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Jason Kidd led the Golden Bears to the Sweet Sixteen during his freshman season in 1992-93. (AP)

Former California Golden Bear point guard Jason Kidd has announced that he is retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons.

Kidd played two seasons in Berkeley (1992-93, 1993-94) and led Cal to the Sweet Sixteen in his freshman year. The Bears upset No. 3 seed Duke in the Midwest region.

The Dallas Mavericks selected Kidd with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 draft, but was traded to Phoenix midway through his third season. He also played for New Jersey and returned to Dallas for four and a half season before finishing his career with the New York Knicks.

"My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years," Kidd said in a statement released by the Knicks. "As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court."

Kidd finishes with the second-most assists (12,091) and steals (2,684). John Stockton leads both categories.

He averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals during his career and ranks third on the career list with 107 triple-doubles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.