Steve Lichtenstein

Islanders fans (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: 20 Things New York Sports Fans Can Be Thankful For

If you look hard, there were some moments and players from 2014 that made us thankful that we are who we are: loyal Big Apple sports fans to the core.

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Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd talks to a referee during a game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 19, 2014 at Barclays Center in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: D’oh! Nets Fail To Stick It To Kidd In Brooklyn Return

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.

11/20/2014

Nets head coach Lionel Hollins (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: With Kidd Coming To Town, Nets In Familiar Position — Lacking Identity

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.

11/18/2014

Evan Fournier #10 of the Orlando Magic dribbles around Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets in the first half at Barclays Center on November 9, 2014.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: What Should The Nets Do With Brook Lopez?

Something has to be done with Brook Lopez. The seven-foot center is just killing the Nets on both ends of the court.

11/14/2014

Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Unimpressed By Fast Start, ‘Big Shot’ Joe Sends Message To Nets

Joe Johnson, a 2014 All-Star and the Nets’ go-to scorer down the stretch of tight games, is not one who usually shares his beefs with the media. But something sure is bugging him these days.

11/11/2014

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov speaks to the media before Brooklyn's home opener at Barclays Center on November 3, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Prokhorov’s Musings Overshadow Nets Home Opener

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.

11/04/2014

Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams during the Brooklyn Nets' open practice on October 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Despite Question Marks, Nets Are Still A Playoff Team

I say 45-37 sounds about right to me–good enough for fifth place in the East. And I’ll set it even without an injury caveat.

10/29/2014

Geno Smith and Michael Vick look on from the New York Jets' bench in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on October 26, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills won 43-23. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Geno Or Vick? I’ve Got News For You — It Doesn’t Matter

Seven straight losses. The remainder of the season is meaningless. Why even debate the merits of who is the better quarterback between Geno Smith and Michael Vick?

10/27/2014

Brook Lopez

Lichtenstein: 44-Minute Games Won’t Solve NBA’s Injury Crisis

The league seems content to take as much of the fans’ money as fast as they can, even if it means more performances by understudies in lieu of marquee attractions like Brook Lopez.

10/20/2014

Geno Smith greets New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after a loss at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Bad Teams Like Jets Don’t Have Moral Victories

If anything, Thursday night in New England showed how poor this team is — they couldn’t take a game that was practically given to them.

10/17/2014

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets talks in the huddle during practice as part of the 2014 NBA Global Games on October 14, 2014 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: 5 Takeaways From Nets’ Trip To China

At least Deron Williams isn’t returning to the U.S. in a walking boot. He survived the trip, which is all the Nets want from him out of this preseason.

10/16/2014

A New York Jets fan at MetLife Stadium (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: The Self-Inflicted Pain Of A Jets Season-Ticket Holder

This disaster of a football team is depressing enough for me, but what does it say about all of you who are paying for the privilege of getting overly worked up every home game?

10/13/2014

Alan Anderson (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Have Their Core Four, But Who Will Take The Fifth?

Assuming they stay healthy — and that’s a pretty big assumption given their medical history — the Nets will revolve around the quartet of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett.

10/07/2014

Jets owner Woody Johnson (R) and general manager John Idzik. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets, Undisciplined And Talent-Starved, Really Are This Bad

Count on more blowouts, especially on Sunday when Denver comes to MetLife Stadium. Right now that game looks like a mismatch for the ages–parity be damned.

10/06/2014

Geno Smith looks on from the bench during the Jets' 24-17 loss to the Lions at MetLife Stadium on September 28, 2014. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Best Option Left For Jets — Tank The Season

There’s no benefit to finishing 7-9 over 4-12. If the Jets are bad enough, they can have their pick at the best available quarterback coming out of college.

09/29/2014

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