Brooklyn Nets set to retire Jason Kidd’s jersey


jason-kidd-netsThe Brooklyn Nets will retire the No. 5 jersey of Jason Kidd, who led the franchise to its greatest NBA success as a player and is now its coach, NBA official website reported.

The Nets said Monday the ceremony will take place Oct. 17 before their preseason game against the Miami Heat.

Kidd led the New Jersey Nets to the 2002 and 2003 NBA Finals and is their career leader in numerous statistical categories.

He ended his 19-year playing career after spending last season with the New York Knicks, and the Nets hired him as their coach in June.

He will be the sixth Nets player to have his number retired, following Julius Erving, Drazen Petrovic, John Williamson, Bill Melchionni and Buck Williams.

Kidd, a probable future Hall of Famer, took on the Nets coaching job just recently, after playing 19 years in the NBA, and participating in 10 NBA All-Star games.

Kidd played 1391 games in the NBA, starting in 1350 of them. He holds career averages of 12.6 ppg, 5 rpg and 6.3 apg in 36 minutes on the court.

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