Here is some reaction from various players involved in Thursday night’s Nets-Heat preseason game about Jason Kidd’s No. 5 jersey being retired by the Nets:

Kevin Garnett:

“I thought it was great. I’m glad I was in the building and able to be part of something that was special for everybody who was in the league. He had an unbelievable run when he was here and I just felt like it was only right.

“It shows a lot of class in the Nets’ organization of hoisting his number up and showing their appreciation for Jason. I’m glad to not only be a part of this ride but to say that I was here for that.”

Paul Pierce:

“I’m just glad that I was present and able to be a part of this. I saw a lot of Jason’s prime years here when I played him in Jersey. I was the victim of a lot of playoff losses. So to me I saw Jason as one of the greatest players.

“He’s broken my heart a couple years in a row when I was in Boston in the playoffs when he was just unbelievable averaging a triple-double and at that time I’ve just never seen or been on the court or played against a player like that. You just felt like there was nothing you can do and that’s the feeling he gave me when I was out on the court and it’s just a pleasure.