The Brooklyn Nets have announced that new coach Jason Kidd’s No. 5 jersey will be retired on Oct. 17, before their game against the Miami Heat.

Kidd is a first-time head coach after a 21-year playing career. He was hired June 3 two weeks after he announced his retirement.

The all-star guard spent six and a half seasons with the franchise when it was located in New Jersey, averaging about 15 points a game, eight rebounds a game and 10 assists a game.

He led the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, but came up short both times to the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio, two the NBA’s most dominant franchises at the moment.

Kidd is the sixth Nets player to have his jersey retired. He will join Julius Erving, Drazen Petrovic, John Williamson, Bill Melchionni and Buck Williams.

Kidd told ESPN “This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish,” Kidd said in a statement. “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.”


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer