Nostalgia is in the air!
Bye, Rex Ryan. Hello, Odell Beckham. Let’s take a look at the good, bad and everything in between of this year in local sports.
Jason Kidd revealed a distrust of the Nets’ front office and a desire to get past his messy departure from the franchise when he returned to Brooklyn on Wednesday as coach of the Bucks.
Nets fans attending Wednesday night’s game at the Barclays Center must have felt like the cat in “The Itchy and Scratchy Show.” Because in the end, the rat always wins.
The Milwaukee Bucks overcame Brandon Knight’s shocking missed layup at the end of the first overtime to outlast the Nets 122-118 in three overtimes on Wednesday night in coach Jason Kidd’s return to Brooklyn.
Wednesday night’s game at Barclays Center has plenty of intrigue, and should make for some great theater.
Somewhere in Milwaukee this morning, Bucks coach Jason Kidd is smiling as he reads reports his scouts have filed on the Nets in preparation for his impending return to Brooklyn on Wednesday.
“I’m no longer in Brooklyn,” the future Hall of Famer said. “Unfortunately they keep talking about it. I don’t. I’ll let them keep talking.”
Whenever Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is in town to watch his favorite American toy play basketball, the game often turns out to be of secondary importance. That was the case Monday night.
Sprinkling humor among his talk about basketball business, the Russian billionaire joked about the departure of Jason Kidd: “Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you.”
This time the Nets will enter training camp not as the NBA’s most intriguing club, but one that will be well under the national-media radar.
You should ignore all the pundits’ predictions of a down year. There’s plenty of good basketball for Nets fans to look forward to — even if most of the country won’t see it.
Other highlights include Jason Kidd’s first visit to Brooklyn since leaving the Nets to coach Milwaukee on Nov. 19.
“The pressure is huge,” Kirilenko told the newspaper (translated from Russian). “And Kidd couldn’t handle it … or maybe he didn’t want to.”
I doubt it will take Lionel Hollins more than a third of the season to figure it out the way it did J-Kidd. That’s because experience matters.