By Dulce-Marie Flecha
There are 2,907 miles between Jason Kidd’s birthplace of San Francisco and Madison Square Garden; a 43 hour-long straight shot on I-80 across the country.
In honor of his 18 years in the NBA, here’s a look back at some of the stops he made on his way from The Bay to the Big Apple.
- San Francisco, CA: Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Jason Frederick Kidd caught colleges' attention as early as his freshman year in St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. He sorted through a pile of NCAA basketball scholarship offers and eventually found himself at…
- University of California-Berkeley, CA: From the moment he stepped foot on campus in 1992, Jason was a standout at Cal. His number 5 was retired in 2004 and he will forever be a legend at his alma mater. It’s no wonder they remember him so fondly. By the time he left in 1994, he had been Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Pac-10 Player of the Year, an All-American, and led the Golden Bears to back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. Listen to Jason remember his time at Cal here.
- Dallas, TX: Drafted second overall behind Grant Hill — the man who would share his Rookie of the Year award — Kidd enjoyed a fantastic rookie season in Dallas. He developed a strong friendship with Hill, as both young players began to make an impact in the NBA. Jason was voted to his first starting role in the NBA All Star Game in 1996, just before he made another stop in…
- Phoenix, AZ: Learning from his first few years in the pros, Jason began to rack up All-Star appearances after he was traded to the Suns. Kidd led the league in assists from 1999-2001 and led his team to the playoffs every season he was in Phoenix.
- Sydney, Australia: In his debut as a USA Olympian, Jason shot 51.6% from the field to help Team USA stay perfect on their way to a gold medal. He used U.S. Swimming’s comeback as a source of inspiration.
- East Rutherford, NJ: When the Nets landed Jason Kidd in 2001, their fortunes immediately changed. Jason engineered a massive turnaround after his arrival, finishing second in MVP voting for the 2001-2002 season and leading the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals. He additonally made annual trips to the All Star Game and found a place in the record books after notching three straight triple-doubles in 2008.
- Beijing, China: On his way to a second gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, Jason completed a perfect international career. The man is 56-0 against the world. , He started every game at point guard throughout Team USA’s journey in the 2008 games.
- Dallas, TX: Jason had a lot of great moments in his return to Dallas. In the three years leading up to his first championship, he would sink a 75-foot shot at the halftime buzzer (Halloween of 2010 against the Clippers), make his 11,000th assist to a familiar face, Tyson Chandler, and pass Michael Jordan for second all-time in steals.
- New York, NY: And finally, on July 5th, 2012, Jason arrived to New York to suit up for the Knicks.
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