Current head coach and former Nets player Jason Kidd will have his number 5 jersey retired by the team just prior to their October 17 preseason game against the Miami Heat. Per the press release: “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 Principal 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.’ [...] ‘This honor is richly deserved,’ said Nets General Manager Billy King. ‘Jason is firmly established in the Nets’ record books as the greatest player in the team’s NBA history, and the retirement of his #5 is a fitting conclusion to his legacy as a Nets’ player.’ [...] ‘This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish,’ said Kidd. ‘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 becomes the sixth player in franchise history have his number raised to the rafters, joining Drazen Petrovic (#3), John Williamson (#23), Bill Melchionni (#25), Julius Erving (#32) and Charles ‘Buck’ Williams (#52), who was the most recent honoree in April, 1999.”