Cal to Retire Jason Kidd's Jersey Saturday
Feb. 9, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Jason Kidd, who had as much impact on the California men's basketball program as any player in school history, will have his No. 5 jersey retired in a ceremony at 6:45 p.m. before Saturday's Cal-Stanford game in Haas Pavilion.
Kidd becomes the third Golden Bear men's player to receive the tribute, joining guard Kevin Johnson (#11) and forward Alfred Grigsby (#4).
'We are pleased to have Jason's jersey retired at this time,' said Cal head coach Ben Braun. 'Jason's impact on Cal basketball has been very significant. He has been a winner at every level of his career. His unselfish play and ability to make those around him better are second to none. If you were to start a basketball team at any level, Jason Kidd would be my first choice. We're extremely proud of Jason's contributions and his ongoing commitment to Cal.'
Although his Golden Bear career spanned just two seasons, Kidd's influence is unmatched in school annals. The 6-4 point guard from Oakland entered Cal in the fall of 1992 out of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. During his rookie campaign, he was voted the 1993 National Freshman of the Year after leading the country in steals with 110 and guiding the Bears (21-9) to the NCAA Sweet 16 with tournament victories over LSU and Duke.
As a sophomore, Kidd was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year and a first team Associated Press All-American when he dished out a national-high 272 assists (9.1 apg) and recorded four triple-doubles - still a Pac-10 record. The Bears were ranked as high as sixth nationally and finished with a 22-8 record.
Kidd dished out a school-record 18 assists at Stanford in 1994 and set a Cal mark with eight steals vs. Washington in 1993. His career total of 204 steals is also a school record, snapping the previous Cal mark in only his 46th game. Kidd's career scoring high was 27 points, first set at Arizona as a freshman and matched against Santa Clara in the 1993-94 season opener.
After leaving Cal, Kidd was taken by Dallas with the second overall pick of the 1994 NBA Draft. The 1995 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year with the Mavericks, he is a six-time NBA All-Star, four-time first team All-NBA pick and three-time first team NBA All-Defensive team selection. Kidd, who played in Dallas from 1994-97 and in Phoenix from 1997-2001, has guided the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals the last two seasons.
In addition, Kidd won a gold medal as a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in Sydney, and he helped the U.S. squad to the gold medal and a qualifying berth for the 2004 Olympics at the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico this past summer.
Jason Kidd's Cal Career StatisticsYear G Fg-a 3p-a Ft-a Reb Avg Ast To Blk Stl Pts Avg1993 29 133-287 24-84 88-134 142 4.9 222 112 8 110 378 13.01994 30 166-352 51-141 117-169 207 6.9 272 129 9 94 500 16.7Totals 59 299-639 75-225 205-303 349 5.9 494 241 17 204 878 14.9