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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Williams will wear No. 8 for Nets

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony may have had to change his number, but recently acquired New Jersey Nets superstar Deron Williams is sticking with the same one he wore with the Utah Jazz: No. 8.

"I wore No. 5 in college and I was the third pick in the NBA draft," Williams said as to why he wore No. 8 in the pros (5+3=8). "Plus, Carlos Boozer wore No. 5 when we were together in Utah."

Williams said the Nets would've allowed him to wear No. 5, the same number Jason Kidd wore, but he decided to stick with No. 8.

Although the Nets have not discussed retiring Kidd's number, you would think it will become a distinct possibility following his retirement from the NBA.