The Brooklyn Nets announced today that they will be retiring Jason Kidd's No. 5 jersey this season via their Twitter account.
The team will retire the No. 5 jersey prior to their October 17th preseason matchup with the Miami Heat. The game will be televised locally by the YES Network and nationally by TNT.
.@RealJasonKidd will have his No. 5 jersey retired. Stay tuned for more details and RT to congratulate Coach Kidd— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 9, 2013
Kidd, who led the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances is without a doubt one of the great players in the history of the franchise, so this news comes as no surprise.
From the press release:
"My warmest congratulations to Jason as we commemorate his outstanding career as an NBA player and his unparalleled contribution to the Nets franchise," said Nets Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov. "As one chapter closes, another will soon be written and I know that we are all looking forward to Jason’s continued successes."
"This honor is richly deserved," said Nets General Manager Billy King. "Jason is firmly established in the Nets' record books as the greatest player in the team's NBA history, and the retirement of his #5 is a fitting conclusion to his legacy as a Nets' player."
"This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish," said Kidd. "There can be no greater recognition of an athlete's time with any team than to have his number retired, and this gesture by the Nets organization validates a very significant portion of my career that was spent as a player with this franchise."
He played six-plus seasons with the Nets and, now, is most recently known as the newest head coach of the team, which should make the retirement ceremony all the more special this season. Kidd will be the seventh player in franchise history to have his number retired.
That list includes Darzen Petrovic (3), Wendell Ladner (4), John Williamson (23), Bill Melchionni (25), Julius Erving (32) and Buck Williams (52).
Why, though, are they retiring his jersey during a preseason game? Well, Stefan Bondy has the story:
Turns out Nets doing preseason ceremony not because of likely suspension, but cause Kidd didn't want this to distract from coaching duties— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) September 9, 2013
That would make sense, especially after Kidd was chided for taking a phone call about the Nets signing Andrei Kirilenko during a Summer League game that he wasn't even coaching in. So, it would seem smart to make sure that he doesn't get distracted and make back-page headlines for something other than his performance as a head coach.
- Nets to retire Jason Kidd's No. 5 jersey - AP
- Nets to honor Jason Kidd with jersey retirement - Ben Golliver - Sports Illustrated
- Jason Kidd's No. 5 jersey will be retired by Brooklyn Nets - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Nets to retire Kidd’s No. 5 during preseason - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Nets Will Retire Kidd’s Number - Howard Beck - New York Times
- Nets to retire Jason Kidd’s No. 5 jersey before Oct. 17 preseason game against Heat - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Brooklyn Nets to retire Jason Kidd's No. 5 jersey - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Nets to retire Jason Kidd's jersey - Kevin Zimmerman - SB Nation
- Nets to retire Jason Kidd’s number 5 on October 17th - Brian Erni - SNY Nets
- Nets to retire Jason Kidd's jersey - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
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