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Nets set to retire Jason Kidd's number Oct. 17

Jason Kidd speaks during a news conference at

Jason Kidd speaks during a news conference at the Knicks training facility in Tarrytown. (July 12, 2012) Credit: AP

Jason Kidd's number will go up in the Barclays Center's rafters next month.

The Nets announced Monday that they're going to retire their new head coach's No. 5 jersey prior to the team's preseason matchup against the Heat on Oct. 17.

In a statement Kidd said: "This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish. There can be no greater recognition of an athlete's time with any team than to have his number retired, and this gesture by the Nets organization validates a very significant portion of my career that was spent as a player with this franchise."

Kidd, hired as the Nets coach in July despite not having any previous coaching experience, played six-plus seasons with the franchise in the Jersey swamps, leading them to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 before eventually forcing a trade to the Mavericks in 2008.

Kidd ranks first in assists (4,620), steals (950), made three-point field goals (813) and triple-doubles (61) in franchise history. He's also second in minutes played (18,737), fourth in points (7,373) and rebounds (3,662), fifth in games played (506) and is sixth in field goals made (2,613) and free throws made (1,352).

“My warmest congratulations to Jason as we commemorate his outstanding career as an NBA player and his unparalleled contribution to the Nets franchise,” said Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.  “As one chapter closes, another will soon be written and I know that we are all looking forward to Jason’s continued successes.”

Kidd will become the sixth player in franchise history to have his number retired, joining Drazen Petrovic (3), John Williamson (23), Bill Melchionni (25), Julius Erving (32) and Buck Williams (52). Williams is the most recent honoree, with his ceremony coming in April 1999.

"This honor is richly deserved," said GM Billy King said. "Jason is firmly established in the Nets' record books as the greatest player in the team's NBA history, and the retirement of his No. 5 is a fitting conclusion to his legacy as a Nets' player.

Kidd is likely going to be suspended by the league after pleading to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge stemming from his 2012 crash into a Southampton utility pole. Given the league's previous precedent, he's probably facing a two-game ban and could miss the team's season opener against the Cavaliers in Cleveland Oct. 30 followed by the Nets' Nov. 1 home opener versus the defending champion Heat.


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