On Monday, the Brooklyn Nets announced that the team will retire Jason Kidd’s No. 5 jersey prior to their October 17th game against the Miami Heat.
“This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish,” Kidd said in a statement. “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.”
When Kidd’s jersey gets risen to the rafters on October 17th he will become only the sixth Nets player to have his number retired by the team; joining Drazen Petrovic (#3), John Williamson (#23), Bill Melchionni (#25), Julius Erving (#32) and Charles ‘Buck’ Williams (#52), who was the last Net to have his number retired back in April, 1999.
Younger fans may not remember what made Jason Kidd such a great player in his prime, but if you had the pleasure to see him play it was unbelievable to witness the understanding, and highly cerebral approach Jason Kidd displayed on the basketball court. Kidd, who captained the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, played in 506 games over six and a half seasons for New Jersey, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game.
With the Nets, Kidd was selected to five All-Star teams and led the team to six consecutive playoff appearances.