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Nets retire Jason Kidd’s jersey in pregame ceremony (VIDEO)

Oct 17, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

The Nets hosted the Miami Heat for a preseason game in Brooklyn on Thursday, but the only truly meaningful moment of the night came before the game even started.

Jason Kidd, currently in his first year as head coach with the Nets, played more than six of his 19 NBA seasons in New Jersey, and led them to back-to-back Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. He had his jersey retired by the organization prior to Thursday’s contest, and the only question surrounding the honor was, why do it during the preseason?

“I don’t know if anyone has had their number retired and had to go to work,” Kidd said.

[via The Brooklyn Game]

  1. eagles512 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I agree it should be during a regular season game. That’s odd.

    • kingbeason52 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I agree that the preseason is odd timing. They probably wanted to do it on opening night..but his suspension wont let that besides the home regular season opener..what other night could they do it and it not seem a bit off?..Only one game makes sense for this but unfortunately he made a bad decision and his suspended for it

      • antistratfordian - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:00 AM

        ANY other regular season home game (preferably primetime) would’ve been preferable to a preseason game.

  2. earpaniac - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    I know they had their greatest success with him, but I still don’t get the number retirement. He played less than 1/3 of his career with the Nets. It doesn’t really matter I guess, they can do what they want. Call me old fashioned, but I think that’s an honor that should go to a player who played almost their entire career, if not all, with the team and is an all-time great. He’s the latter, obviously.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      Well he led them to two straight finals, the only time the Nets have even been to the finals as an NBA club. He also narrowly missed out on the MVP award in 2002 and lost it by a few points to Duncan (robbed?). Should they not honor him for his excellence as a Net? Is this too much? Nah, I think it’s just right.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM


    How classically sad.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      The story did not say the first game of the season, it said during the regular season. They could have done it in December or January or whenever. Reading comprehension, pass it on.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Did it now in case he’s fired by December.

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