The stage has been set for Jason Kidd.
When it was revealed a few weeks back that the Brooklyn Nets will retire Kidd’s No. 5 jersey before an October 17 preseason game with the Miami Heat, fans of the franchise rejoiced. But this celebration had the opportunity to mean so much more for the Nets had they chosen to go with better timing.
This could’ve set the tone for the entire season. Instead, this moment of reflection will probably be forgotten by the time the regular season opener rolls around. Had the organization actually waited to have this occasion right before that first home game of the regular season, it would’ve had the potential to light the brightest of fires under a team that many NBA fans so desperately want to see woefully crumble.
The impact Kidd had on this franchise back in New Jersey by leading them from the ruins all the way to the NBA Finals in just his first two seasons really can’t be quantified, even to this day. That’s a moment that the current group of Nets would be much better off soaking in and using as inspiration right before the real deal gets underway.
It’s a moment that showcases the type of change and success that one person’s will and commitment are capable of seizing.
That’s a moment that Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and the rest of the Nets (that chose to come/remain here before winning had become commonplace) would’ve appreciated much more if it took place right before they officially embark on this journey.
But one thing’s for certain — there’s no chance Mikhail Prokhorov is going to read this and suddenly change his mind, so the Nets better just make the most they can of Kidd’s jersey retirement on October 17.