As a New Jersey and Brooklyn Nets fan, this Jason Kidd fiasco deeply saddens me. Yeah, like most others, I'm extremely irate and kicking him out the door. What he did to us was terrible and I'm still in shock that this actually happened. However, I think we all need to look at what we've really lost which is just more than a coach, he was our icon.
Now, the debate between Dr. J and Kidd for the greatest Nets player of all time is a tough one. However, there is absolute no doubt that Jason Kidd is the best player that is known to have his best years as a Net. Kidd is our icon. When people think of great Nets players, it starts with Kidd. A lot of people don't even know Dr. J played with Nets. I could go through all the triple doubles he's had, the finals appearances, the crazy assists and game winners. The most important thing he gave to the Nets was hope. We went from 26 wins to 52 wins in his first year with us. If that's not an MVP right there, I don't know what is. It was also suddenly cool to be a Nets fan. He was our franchise player. He transcended the Nets.
Im 18 years old. Unfortunately, I never remembered the finals runs. My first year being a Nets fan was the 05-06 season mainly because New Jersey is my home state. Vince Carter is my favorite player mainly because I loved the way he played. Kidd was a close 2nd though. However, I recently went through some articles on Netsdaily about the time when Kidd retired and it was before he was rumored to be our head coach. One of the most common posts I've read on those articles were "Kidd made me a Net fan" or even comments like "Kidd made me love the game of basketball."' Not many players can say that they were that transcendent as a player to make people not only like the team he plays for, but the sport as a whole. And he was a New Jersey Net. Let me repeat. He was a New Jersey Net. Kidd as a player was one of the most recognizable player in the league and was one of our own. The heart and soul of our team.
Now, I recommend all of you watch the video on YouTube named "New Jersey Nets- Timeless (2001-2003)." Most of you have probably already watched it. But it's a 9 minute epic highlight reel on the New Jersey Nets "glory days" with Kidd in charge. While Jason Kidd is a huge enemy to most of us now, (me included) we must remember what we're losing as well. This is the man that made some of us Nets fans, and even like the game of basketball. He might of single handedly saved this franchise as well. We've lost more than a one year coach, we've also lost one of our own.