In the team’s history, the Nets have retired six numbers and it sounds like they might be prepared to retire another — Jason Kidd‘s No. 5 — that is according to a quote that rookie Mason Plumlee made during the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.
In a Bleacher Report piece that asked each rookie why they picked their number, Plumlee said this to explain why he went with No. 1
“I wanted five,” Plumlee said. “Five is what I wore in college. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think [the Nets] are going to retire it [for Jason Kidd]. 21 was what I was going to wear next and then they were said (Kevin Garnett) might want 21. Then No. 00 was taken so I went with the next number, No. 1.”
It’s possible that there was a misunderstanding and that the Nets told Plumlee that No. 5 wasn’t available because KG might want that number, which is what he wore during his years with the Boston Celtics. However, it’s certainly worth noting that KG did not go with No. 5 and instead elected to go with No. 2. Perhaps KG wanted No. 5 as well, but the Nets told him no.
Either way it certainly makes sense that the Nets would retire Kidd’s No. 5. He had a long 19-year career and spent it with many teams, however he spent the prime years of his career with the Nets from 2001 through 2008. If he didn’t make his name in New Jersey, he at least cemented his legacy with MVP-level play and back-to-back championship game appearances.
The timing is right as well as Kidd obviously just retired this offseason. Now, they may want to wait until his coaching tenure is up, but why wait? Even though he is a rookie coach with big question marks, he is in a position where he could potentially do well and stick around for a while. So by waiting they’re either waiting for him to fail as a coach or might end up waiting 10 years or more.
In six and a half seasons in New Jersey, Kidd averaged 14.3 points, 9.2 assists, and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the floor and 34.6 percent behind the arc. He made five out of seven All-Star teams while with the Nets, was a two time First Team All-Defensive selection and a Second Team selection four times, and runner up to the MVP in 2002.