NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Wednesday night’s game at Barclays Center has plenty of intrigue, and should make for some great theater.
No, not because Bucks-Nets is a riveting matchup, but because it will mark the first time that Jason Kidd will return to Brooklyn since leaving the Nets unceremoniously over the summer.
Kevin Garnett, for one, hopes that the future Hall of Famer receives a warm reception from the crowd.
“Obviously, he is someone that you went hard for, gave everything that you had for,” Garnett, who played for Kidd last season, said. “It will be good to see him in the building. Hope people don’t forget that, what he has done for Brooklyn and New Jersey and over the years.
“I think that, sometimes, we as fans forget, and I think that’s important to remember the good. Obviously, he is in another organization, but don’t forget the good that he’s done for this organization. And that is the message here.”
Regarded by many as the greatest player in franchise history, Kidd wore the Nets uniform in New Jersey from 2001-2008 and turned the team into a perennial contender.
After retiring as a player in June of 2013, he was hired by Brooklyn as a first-year head coach for the 2013-2014 season. He got off to a rocky start, but the Nets turned it around and finished the season 44-38. They were bounced by the Heat in the second round of the playoffs.
In the offseason, he reportedly attempted to gain more power within the organization. Kidd, who denied such reports, had his coaching rights traded to the Bucks on July 1 for two second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019.
The Nets, now led by Lionel Hollins, come into this game a disappointing 4-6. Kidd’s Bucks, who beat the Knicks on Tuesday night, are off to a surprising 6-5 start.
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