Thursday night at the Barclays Center a special pregame ceremony will be conducted prior to tip-off to retire the jersey of Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd.
There is, however, another storyline that has captured the attention of many.
The Miami Heat are coming to town, and will square off with the new-look Nets for the first time in the preseason. It will be the first time the back-to-back champions get to see the likes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in black and white, and not Celtic green.
In the offseason, the Boston Celtics lost Pierce, KG, and head coach Doc Rivers, as the three moved on to situations that left them with a better chance to win.
LeBron James notices that, and remembers when teammate Ray Allen did the same only a year prior. The reaction from Celtics fans, as James sees it, was unfairly different this time around.
"I think the first thing I thought was, 'Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,'" James said. "I think it's okay; I didn't mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they're leaving.”
James also said he could feel Allen’s pain of leaving a team and receiving criticism.
"I can relate to that; you think so? I'm the No. 1 relater," James said. "I've been through it all. I know all about it."
James isn’t the only Miami player that took notice to the happenings in Boston this summer. Dwayne Wade talked about the events, as well, and silently called out Pierce, Garnett, and Rivers.
"People say things about people when they do something when they themselves would do the same thing,” Wade said. “It's about putting yourself in the best situation, and at the end of the day, we all do that. You can't really say anything about someone that does it for themselves."
So there you have it. Two years removed from KG saying he “lost” Allen’s phone number we are still talking about the bitterness of the situation. The Celtics have moved on, and are entering a new era of basketball.
Garnett responded to LeBron's comments hours later, the night of Brooklyn's 86-62 victory over Miami.
"Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business," Garnett replied.
Pierce replied, as well; reminding everyone that the situation was in fact far different.
"I left Boston?" he asked, referring to the fact that he was traded and Allen elected to leave.
Right or wrong, we know that LeBron doesn'y hold back exactly what's on his mind. Should make for some nice entertainment this season.