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Basketball: Kidd dishes 10,000th assist

Maybe someday he’ll play in the Cal alumni game, but Jason Kidd is still hanging with big boys and Sunday night he reached a plateau only three other NBA players have achieved — he handed out his 10,000th career assist.

“It means a lot of my teammates put the ball in the basket over the years,” Kidd told the Associated Press after the Dallas Mavericks beat Toronto 109-98. “It’s nothing I ever thought I’d accomplish when I started out.”

He trails John Stockton (15,806), Mark Jackson (10,334) and Magic Johnson (10,141) on the NBA career list. Three weeks shy of his 36th birthday, it seems reasonable to project Kidd will finish his career No. 2 on the all-time list.

Kidd wound up with 15 assists against the Raptors and has 10,002 for his pro career. He had 494 in two seasons (1993-94) at Cal after setting a still-standing California state prep record with 1,165 at St. Joseph’s High in Alameda.

Jeff Faraudo