Last night, the Brooklyn Nets honored one of the franchise’s best players in the history of the team by retiring and raising Jason Kidd’s No. 5 jersey to the rafters at the Barclays Center.
Online sports betting fans can be sure that Kidd was honored and grateful. However, it was evident that the 40 year-old honoree also wanted the 10-minute ceremony to be over so he could get back to his new job — coaching the Nets, who faced the Miami Heat in a preseason game.
Former Brooklyn general manager and current NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn, former teammate Kerry Kittles, former Nets great Buck Williams, and former assistant coach and current Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan were in attendance to watch only the sixth Nets jersey to be retired.
Kidd then proceeded to thank his family and former teammates and coaches.
The Nets showed a video tribute with highlights of several of Kidd’s warp-speed fast breaks and alley-oops to teammates such as Kenyon Martin, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter.
Upon his arrival from the Phoenix Suns to New Jersey in a trade for Stephon Marbury in 2001, Kidd orchestrated an incredible turnaround as the Nets went from winning 26 games the season before to 52 wins in his first season (2001-02).
The San Francisco native led Brooklyn to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances. Under Kidd’s watch, the team won their first two Eastern Conference championships and four Atlantic Division titles.
In his 6½ NBA seasons in New Jersey, Kidd averaged 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. As a Net, he was a five-time All-Star, and was All-NBA three times and All-Defensive team six times. The former NBA All Star owns the franchise records for assists (4,620), steals (950), 3-point field goals made (813) and triple-doubles (61).