NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jason Kidd will have his No. 5 jersey retired by the Brooklyn Nets prior to Thursday night’s preseason game against the Miami Heat.
Wait, tonight? During the preseason?
Why couldn’t they wait to honor arguably the greatest player in franchise history before a game that matters?
Because that’s the way the team’s new coach wanted it, according to Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark.
“We went to Jason,” Yormark told WFAN co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Thursday. “And we said, ‘Jason, what would you like to do? This is what we want to do.’ And he chose this game tonight, and I think it reflects him as a player. He was always selfless and it was always team-first. He did not want to take away from the team during the regular season — and this was his desire.”