I'm sure everybody has their own story of how they became a Nets fan. Whether it be from the Dr.J ABA days to Drazen in the 90's... Or even now, seeing a team in Brooklyn, gained many new fans. For me, it was Jason Kidd. I was only 7 years old when Kidd was traded to the Nets but it was almost perfect timing. My father wanted me to learn the game of basketball by watching a true ball player. A player who not only has his own personal skill, but brings the best out in everybody around him too. So, at the time being fortunate enough to afford season tickets, my dad went along and bought them, for that one reason; never expecting to make it to a championship. I may have been young and it yes it was 12 years ago but I remember it clear as daylight. Kidd skipping up the court while they blasted the Meadowlands race sound. A fast break dish to KEEEERRY KITTLES, or a clutch assist to Keith VAAAAN HOORN. Who can forget the alley oop passes he would throw to Kenyon? Wow what a magical time for us Nets fans and for me I took it all in.
I grew up to be a point guard throughout my life and modeled everything I did after Kidd. Going to Nets games watching our captain lead our team to victory became a huge part of me and my father's relationship. Playing AAU ball, I would do the signature Jason Kidd butt tap at the line every single time! It's funny how things work out... Up until 2007 unfortunately my father was working at Lehman Brothers and got laid off (around the same time Kidd got traded). So things changed, no more season tickets and all the other b.s. that comes with losing a job. The point is, as crazy as it may sound, JKidd has played a big part of my life. Here I am today a die-hard Nets fan, pursuing a dream as a writer (hopefully for the Nets one day).If it wasn't for Kidd getting traded to Jersey, who knows if my bond with my dad would be as strong. Or if I'd even be here today with the most love for a team one fan can possibly have. Unfortunately, I will not be at the retirement ceremony due to the crazy ticket prices, but you can be sure I'll be watching every second of it. We all have our stories.. I'm glad I have a place to tell mine to other Nets fans, and maybe you guys have your own stories you can share here too.
Always remember the glory days IN JERSEY for #5 The Captain JASONKIDD!!!!!!