Jason Kidd's Biography
All-Star point guard, Jason Kidd was born on 23 March 1973.
Jason Kidd was part of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Basketball teams in the 2000 and 2008 Olympic games.
Kidd was selected second overall in the 1994 NBA Draft after his sophomore season. He became NBA co-Rookie of the Year (with Grant Hill). He was traded to the Phoenix Suns and consistently led them to the post-season but was traded again to the New Jersey Nets.
With Kidd on board the Nets rose to be the two-time Eastern Conference Champs (2002 and 2003).
In May 2005 Jason Kidd was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, in the voting by the league's head coaches.
According to the NBA, Jason Kidd finished the season ranked 1st in the NBA in triple-doubles, with eight and 3rd in the league in assists per game. During the course of the season, Kidd moved into 9th place on the NBA's All-Time assist list (7,283) and 20th place on the NBA's All-Time steals list (1,625).
He established the Jason Kidd Foundation in March 1999, an organization dedicated to providing funds for children's medical research and to charitable organizations supporting the needs and interests of children; and he also initiated the "Assists for Kidds" program which encourages fans to pledge a donation to charity for each of his assists.
In January 2007, ESPN reported:
"New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years Tuesday, accusing her of 'extreme cruelty' throughout their marriage."
In February 2008, Jason Kidd was transferred to the Dallas Mavericks.
In the 2008/09 season, Jason Kidd became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 10,000 assists.