Feb 22, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) looks on during their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 6/4: Kidd's Retirement a Wise Call, A's Riding Pitching, Giants Struggle on the Road

Jason Kidd’s Retirement a Smart Call by Wise NBA Star

Even as he thought about coaching or becoming a general manager and talked about being part-owner of a pro sports team, Jason Kidd was reluctant to do the one thing that defined him as a player.

That is, giving up the basketball.

Yet that’s exactly what Kidd did Monday.

Two months after saying he had every intention of fulfilling the final two seasons of a three-year contract with the New York Knicks, the one-time Bay Area hoops prodigy, now 40, decided to leave the NBA to the youngsters.

– Monte Poole, San Jose Mercury News

Oakland A’s Riding Trademark Pitching into Recent Hot Streak

It is time once again to look upon the success of the Oakland Athletics with anything other than surprise.

The A’s have won 15 of their last 17, which seems a little more than even the term “hot streak” can bear. But if you look at it from the standpoint of getting exceptional pitching, this can hardly be a shock.

When this same club won 94 games and the American League West in 2012, there was some serious surprise, given the fact that the Rangers had won the AL pennant two years in a row and the Angels had spent a bundle of money in pursuit of the same goal. But the A’s did it the old-fashioned way: They pitched better than the competition.

– Mike Bauman, MLB.com

San Francisco Giants Struggle Away From A&T Park

The Giants, hardened by a never-say-die run to a title, generally look the same the day after wins and losses. But the slate is anything but clean, especially on the road.

Before Sunday’s 4-2 win in St. Louis, the Giants had been outscored 50-16 in their previous seven away games, all losses. A season after going 46-35 on the road in the regular season and winning six of eight postseason games away from AT&T Park, the Giants are just 10-17 when they bat first.

– Alex Pavlovic, Monterey Herald

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