Brooklyn Nets Retire Jason Kidd’s Number 5
It wasn’t very sentimental or emotional, but that was what Jason Kidd wanted.
On the night his No. 5 was retired, the greatest Net in the franchise’s NBA history avoided tears and sappiness while the crowd resisted extended ovations.
Kidd spoke into a microphone, watched his jersey rise near center court and retreated to the sideline for his day job as Nets coach.
More important to the rookie coach: Brooklyn blew past the Heat, 86-62, Thursday night, playing its most complete game in its preseason home finale.
“I don’t know if anyone has had their number retired and had to go to work,” Kidd said. Reminded about Mariano Rivera, Kidd astutely outlined the difference. “He gets to sit in the bullpen for a little bit. And he’s done it for 20 years. I’m a rookie coach.”