Jason Kidd was born on March 23, 1973 in San Francisco, California. He was raised in Alameda, which is a suburb of Oakland. Jasonâ€™s first sport was soccer, but he would later become hooked on basketball. Since most of his friends were still playing soccer at school when he found his love of basketball, he was usually playing with older kids. Jason entered St. Joseph of Notre Dame High School in 1987, which is a small private school in the bay area. Even as a freshman, Kidd was getting calls from college scouts. In 1991, his junior year, he helped earn St. Joseph's the state title. Jason made a huge headline when he announced his college of choice: the University of California at Berkeley. Jason arrived at Berkeley in the fall of 1992, and played basketball for two years before joining the NBA as a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks in 1994, where he became Co-Rookie of the year with Grant Hill. In 1996, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns, and in 2001 was traded to the New Jersey Nets. He returned to the Dallas Mavericks in 2008 after being traded by New Jersey. Kidd was an Olympic Gold medalist in 2000 and is a nine-time All-Star. He has consistently been a league leader in assists and triple-doubles. He was arrested in 2001 after getting into a domestic dispute with his wife, Joumana Kidd. He reached an agreement with the court that included but was not limited to counseling and anger management training. He filed for divorce in 2007 from his wife citing cruelty toward him and their three children. She filed a counter suit also adding abuse. Jason then amended his complaint and cited â€œirreconcilable differencesâ€ for the reason of divorce.
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