The Brooklyn Nets announced Monday afternoon that they will retire Jason Kidd‘s no. 5 jersey prior to a preseason game against the Miami Heat on Oct. 17.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Kidd is generally regarded as one of the best Nets in the team’s history as he averaged 14 points, 8.9 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting 39.8 percent from the floor from 2001 until 2008. Kidd also led the Nets to the 2002 and 2003 NBA finals, but they lost to the Lakers and Spurs respectively.
“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.”
There was some speculation that the Nets were holding the ceremony in the preseason because Kidd is likely to start the season suspended for a DUI charge during the offseason. However, the Nets are holding the ceremony during the preseason at Kidd’s request because, he says, that he doesn’t want to distract the players with it during the regular season.
Jason Kidd is now the sixth player on the Nets to have his number retired joining Julius Erving (no. 32), Buck Williams (no. 52), Drazen Petrovic (no. 3), John Williamson (no. 23), and Bill Melchionni (no. 25).