The Brooklyn Nets will be retiring head coach Jason Kidd’s number 5 before the teams October 17th pre-season matchup with the Miami Heat, before Kidd even coaches a real game for the team.
Kidd will become the 6th Nets player to have his number raised to the rafters joining Dr. J Julius Erving, the late great Drazen Petrovich, John Williamson, Buck Williams, and Bill Melchionni.
Kidd released a statement upon hearing the news:
“This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish. 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.”
Kidd is far and away the greatest NBA Net of all-time after he brought the team back to respectability leading the team to back to back Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
What the Nets are doing is putting a cap on Kidd’s playing career as soon as possible, so that if Kidd struggles as coach, there won’t be any controversy on whether the team should still honor Kidd for what he did as a player, which in a way is understandable. It’s always good to be looking ahead.
The organization wants to honor him while times are still good and the reaction will be positive, not negative if the Nets are awful while he’s the coach.
The way the Nets are going about this whole Kidd as coach situation is very strange though. The team is immortalizing and crowning him and he hasn’t even coached, or won a game yet. The Nets are just feeding Kidd’s big ego even more.