Grant Hill, Jason Kidd both announce retirement
Jason Kidd and Grant Hill took the basketball world by storm in 1995 when they shared rookie of the year honors. Now, nearly 19 years later, they are sharing the stage once again. The two long-time stars of the NBA announced their retirements just one day apart, Sports Illustrated reports.
Hill made the announcement first, on Sunday. The former Duke star had been among the most beloved players in the NBA since he was drafted as the third overall pick in 1994. Despite being hampered by injuries in the latter part of his career, he played an integral role on the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers during the last several seasons. Despite having one year left on his contract, Hill felt now was the right time to hang it up.
"I've been hinting at it the last few years. You get to a point where you just don't want to do it anymore," Hill said in his announcement. "But I've enjoyed it, I've loved it."
As for Kidd, the 40-year-old New York Knick retired after a season that saw his production slowly diminish. He was ousted from his role in the starting lineup and posted some of the lowest numbers of his career. His retirement also comes just two years after winning his first NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks.