EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The post-Carmelo Anthony era started for the Nets with an apology.

General manager Billy King addressed the team at practice Thursday and apologized for the way he and the Nets handled things over the past few months in efforts to acquire Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.

While King wasn’t around to tell the media exactly what he said to the team, coach Avery Johnson said the general manager was upset how the megadeal was played out publicly and disrupted the lives of so many players.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov brought the negotiations to end Wednesday night when he instructed King to break off talks with the Nuggets because the proposed deal was hurting the team and had gotten too expensive.

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