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Jason Kidd retires after 19-year NBA career 06.03.13 at 2:27 pm ET
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Jason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA Monday, ending the career of one of the greatest NBA point guards of all time. The 40-year-old walks away from the NBA with two years and $6 million remaining on a contract he signed with the Knicks last summer.

Kidd, who spent time with the Nets, Mavericks, Suns and Knicks in his career, ranks second in career assists and career steals, only trailing Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton in both categories. The 10-time All-Star averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals per game. He was a five-time selection to the All-NBA first team, was a member of the All-Defensive first team four times, and won the 2011 NBA championship with the Mavericks.

“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 shared Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill in 1995 after averaging 11.7 points and 7.7 assists per game. Hill, who is also 40 years old, retired two days before Kidd did.

Along with his NBA success, Kidd was undefeated at the senior international level. He helped the U.S. win gold in the 2000 and ‘€™08 Olympics while winning FIBA Americas titles in 1999, 2003 and ‘€˜07.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Tony Sparano reportedly will take fall for Jets’ offensive woes 12.31.12 at 7:39 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College football: Music City Bowl, NC State vs. Vanderbilt, noon (ESPN)
College football: Sun Bowl, USC vs. Georgia Tech, 2 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Liberty Bowl, Iowa State vs. Tulsa, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Chick-fil-A Bowl, LSU vs. Clemson, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Dartmouth at Boston College, 2 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Harvard at St. Mary’s, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State at Minnesota, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Connecticut at Syracuse, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Indiana at Iowa, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UNC Greensboro at NC State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico at Saint Louis, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Texas at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Jets plan to fire offensive coordinator Tony Sparano following the team’s dismal offensive performance this season, according to an ESPN report. Sparano was hired last offseason after being fired as head coach of the Dolphins, but the Jets finished 30th in total offense and were unable to produce much from the wildcat package Sparano had success with in Miami.

Of course, part of the offense’s troubles can be traced to the quarterback position, where Mark Sanchez struggled and neither Greg McElroy nor Tim Tebow showed much in limited action. Sanchez returned to his starting role for Sunday’s finale against the Bills due to McElroy’s concussion, and he continued to cough up the ball, turning it over twice (one interception, one fumble) in New York’s 28-9 loss.

“This game was a microcosm right here of everything we’€™ve done this year,” linebacker Calvin Pace said after the Jets fell to 6-10. “I know those guys [on offense] are trying. It’€™s one of those things, man, when you’€™re dealing with professional football and the best of the best, trying isn’€™t good enough — trying will get everybody fired.”

Said coach Rex Ryan: “The future is going to be addressed at a different time. … Six wins isn’t up to anybody’s expectations, for this team and certainly not mine.”

‘™¦ Outfielder Torii Hunter, who recently left the Angels to sign with the Tigers as a free agent, is getting some attention for a comment he made in a weekend Los Angeles Times story on gay athletes.

Asked how a homosexual teammate would be treated in the locker room, Hunter made it clear he would have an issue.

“For me, as a Christian ‘€¦ I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” he says. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”

Added Clippers guard Grant Hill: “It’s still taboo in the locker room.”

‘™¦ Rockets rookie Royce White, who has not played a game this season, refused an assignment to the D-League and made it clear he remains far apart with the team on a plan to deal with his anxiety disorder.

“I do wish to play, but I only intend to do so with the collaboration and recommendation of trained professionals,” White said a statement released Sunday. “The purpose of a doctor’s confirmation is to ensure that health decisions are made in the sole interest of health and not conflicted with business. My only hope is that decision-makers involved realize that doctors are the only logical source to decide action.

“There is an admitted lack of knowledge on behalf of the Rockets and the NBA, it becomes transparent as they choose to forgo the knowledge of trained professionals and make independent decisions for something as complex as mental health without consulting any doctors.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 31, 1978, in the Patriots’ first playoff game in Foxboro, New England lost 31-14 to which team?

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Report: Grant Hill to join Clippers 07.17.12 at 5:38 pm ET
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Grant Hill will be a member of the Clippers next year according to a report from ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The Clippers are reportedly in the process of trying to create a sign-and-trade with the Suns, but will likely sign Hill for Los Angeles’€™ $1.9 million biannual exception.

Should the Clippers complete the sign-and-trade with the Suns, they would likely send backup forward Ryan Gomes and his expiring $4 million contract to Phoenix according to the report.

The 39-year-old forward is now entering his 18th season of his NBA career, a career which he has spent time with the Pistons, Magic and Suns. Hill averaged 10.2 points, 2.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 28.1 minutes per game last season with Phoenix.

Hill is a smart passer and solid defender, and will likely serve as a depth forward behind starter Caron Butler.

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Grant Hill interested in signing with Knicks? 12.07.11 at 12:57 pm ET
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Two years ago, forward Grant Hill turned down a chance to join the Knicks and stuck with the Suns. According to the New York Post, Hill may be revisiting that choice.

A free agent once again, Hill is reportedly leaning toward joining the Knicks. The 39-year-old would have a chance to play what are likely the last years of his career alongside Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. And his wife, recording artist Tamia Hill, would be able to further her career in one of the biggest media and cultural centers in the world.

In 2009, Hill received an offer from the Knicks to play for either one year at $5.8 million or three years at $10 million, but he turned it down and signed a two-year, $6.24 million contract to stay with the Suns. Since that time, however, the Suns have gone from a Western Conference contender to a team looking to a rebuild with the departure of Stoudemire to the Knicks in 2010.

Meanwhile, with the acquisition of Anthony from the Nuggets last year, the Knicks are on the rise. Hill may be the kind of veteran that New York is looking for in order to fill out the roster and quickly build a contender in the East.

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Heat interested in Tracy McGrady or Michael Redd? 08.08.11 at 9:21 am ET
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After falling to the Mavericks in the NBA finals last season, the Heat are looking to add more players to play alongside their Big Three.

According to The Miami Herald, their preferred choices are Shane BattierGrant Hill or Tayshaun Prince, but if they cannot get either of those players they will consider Michael Redd and Tracy McGrady.

McGrady is entering his 15th season in the league and has played for five team: the Raptors, Magic, Rockets, Knicks and most recently the Pistons. In his 15 seasons he has averaged 20.4 points per game, including 32.1 in 2002-03 with the Magic.

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Mike Krzyzewski: ‘Uncle Tom’ comments ‘very insulting’ to Duke 03.30.11 at 9:20 am ET
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking Tuesday to “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on Chicago’s ESPN 100, finally addressed the comments made by former Michigan player Jalen Rose during a documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five of the early 1990s.

Rose, whose March 11 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving was revealed this week, said in the ESPN documentary that debuted March 13: “I hated Duke and I hated everything Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Responded Krzyzewski: “Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”

Krzyzewski said Duke was interested in the Fab Five’s most highly regarded member.

“We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber,” he said. “I didn’t recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I’m happy with that. We didn’t look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn’t going to come to Duke. The other two kids [Jimmy King and Ray Jackson] we didn’t think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They’re good kids. They were good kids.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jenn Sterger sues ex-manager for return of texts, e-mails 03.17.11 at 7:53 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Predators, 8 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Mets at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jenn Sterger , the alleged victim of the lewd Brett Favre text message, is suing her former manager, Phil Reese, to get back her e-mails and texts and to stop Reese from using the material in a book. Sterger filed suit Tuesday saying she never intended for Reese to have full use of the material.

‘™¦ Chargers linebacker Kevin Burnett appears to be fed up with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In an interview Wednesday with San Diego’s XX Sports Radio, Burnett said, “Goodell’s full of it. He’s a liar. You’re a blatant liar.” Added Burnett: “What have you done for the players? What have you done, in all honesty, to improve the game, besides fine guys, besides take money away from guys, besides change a game that you’ve never played? … He’s done nothing to improve the game.”

‘™¦ Suns guard Grant Hill responded to the insults leveled at him and his black Duke teammates by the Fab Five in ESPN’s documentary about the Michigan stars of the early 1990s. In a thoughtful piece in The New York Times, Hill wrote that his “friends” calling him an “Uncle Tom” was a misguided an inappropriate insult.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 17, 1940, the Bruins finished the season with the NHL’s best record and the league’s top three scorers. Who were they?

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