Mason Plumlee Hints Brooklyn Nets Will Retire Jason Kidd's Number Next Season

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 12, 2013

The Brooklyn Nets already honored Jason Kidd by making him their newest head coach, but rookie center Mason Plumlee has hinted that further celebrations could be on the way. 

During a B/R video in which rookies revealed why they chose certain numbers for their professional careers, Plumlee dropped a nice nugget of info. He wanted to wear No. 5, the number he wore at Duke, but had to pick a new one instead because he thinks they're going to retire his original choice. 

You can see the whole video below, and Plumlee's quote begins at 0:36. There are plenty of other gems in there as well, like Glen Rice Jr.'s explanation of choosing No. 14. 

So, who could he possibly be talking about? 

In NBA history, only five different players have worn No. 5 for the Nets: John Bagley, Jason Kidd, Terry Mills, Eric Murdock and Jamel Thomas. Even though Plumlee never actually mentioned Kidd's name, I think it's fairly obvious that he was referring to the future Hall of Famer. 

Kidd was named an All-Star five different times during his New Jersey career, and he even finished second in the MVP voting during the 2001-02 season, his first with the team after he was traded away from the Phoenix Suns. Although he never won a championship with the team, he was still a true legend. 

So far, the Nets franchise has retired six numbers: 

  • No. 3: Drazen Petrovic
  • No. 4: Wendell Ladner (doesn't hang in the rafters)
  • No. 23: John Williamson
  • No. 25: Bill Melchionni
  • No. 32: Julius Erving
  • No. 52: Buck Williams

Is it time to add Kidd to the list? Plumlee better hope so, or else he's going to be awfully disappointed that he didn't go with his first choice.