On Thursday night, the Brooklyn Nets took the liberty of retiring current head coach Jason Kidd‘s heralded #5 jersey. The organization raised his jersey to the rafters in a pregame ceremony as the Nets were prepared to take on the Miami Heat. Kidd is regarded as one the top, if not the best player to put on a Nets uniform. Kidd came to New Jersey in 2001 and was traded midway through the 2007-08 season, during his journey with the team he left a legacy that hasn’t been matched since. Kidd led the team to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, and transformed a New Jersey Nets franchise that had been known as “cellar dwellers” into championship contenders. Although Kidd won an NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks and retired as a New York Knick last season, he’ll most likely enter the Hall of Fame as a Net. Kidd joined Julius Erving, Drazen Petrovic, John Williamson, Bill Melchionni and Buck Williams as Nets with their numbers retired.
Congrats to the old man! Much deserved! May he continue to build his Net legacy as a head coach in the years to come.