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The New York Knicks announced Monday that future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd retired.

"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 and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court."

Kidd averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals per game for the Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Knicks. He was the No. 2 pick in the 1994 draft by the Mavericks.

Kidd, 40, still had two years and $6 million left on a three-year contract he signed with the Knicks last year.

He averaged 6.0 points, 3.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds last season.

Kidd ranks third all-time with 107 triple-doubles in 3-pointers made. He was selected to the All-NBA first team five times and was voted to the All-Defensive first or second team nine times.

---Sacramento Kings new owner Vivek Ranadive announced that the team hired Michael Malone as its head coach.

The Kings confirmed media reports of Malone's hire Sunday. Malone is the franchise's 25th head coach, 14th in the Sacramento era. H replaces Keith Smart

---Chris Mullin and Larry Bird are among the candidates on the radar of new Kings owner Ranadive, who is seeking a replacement for ousted general manager Geoff Petrie.

Mullin worked in the front office of the Golden State Warriors and Bird for the Indiana Pacers. Talks were considered exploratory, according to CBS Sports Network.

---Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard told the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview that he came back from injuries too soon and had seen a team psychologist.

Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game in his first season with the Lakers.

"When I came back from my shoulder injury, some didn't think I was giving my all," he said. "And nobody wanted to hear what I said about coming off back surgery. It wasn't fair to me. I was on a walker and four months later playing basketball. I played hurt."

Howard is a career 57.7 percent free-throw shooter, and shot just 49.2 percent last season. He said he would not change the way he shoots free throws because his shooting woes are mental. He said he did visit a team psychologist.

---Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has had talks with the team about returning in some capacity.

Sloan, 71, told the Deseret News he has talked with the Jazz about coming back but he does not want to interfere with coach Tyrone Corbin.

Sloan's role would likely be as a consultant.

---Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins told Memphis radio station WHBQ Sports 56 that he only wants to coach the Grizzlies and that he is surprised the team gave him permission to interview for other league coaching vacancies.

"I believe in Memphis. I love Memphis," Hollins told the radio station, according to ESPN. "I never had any intention of going anywhere. I don't have any intention of going anywhere."

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers reportedly have interest in Hollins.

---Former NBA player Mookie Blaylock was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide for allegedly causing the accident that killed a woman, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Several other charges were also made against Blaylock, 46, and all of them are misdemeanors. He was charged with improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving on a suspended license and crossing the median, according to the report, which referred to information provided by Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta.
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