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Lichtenstein: A Wilkerson Extension Would Be Worth Every Dollar Jets Shell Out

So far, this Jets gig has been a breeze for new general manager Mike Maccagnan. But it has had at least one pothole to navigate.

05/20/2015

Nets GM Billy King  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: The King Of All Spin — Nets’ General Manager Defends His Plan

Billy King’s timing couldn’t have been better.

05/06/2015

BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 1:  Mike Scott #32 of the Atlanta Hawks goes up for a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Offensive Stagnation Led To Elimination By Hawks

You can break down why one of the teams won 60 games during the regular season while the other finished six games under .500 into one simple sentence: The Hawks dribble to pass while the Nets dribble to shoot.

05/02/2015

Jarrett Jack of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Doomed Down Stretch In Game Of Jack Vs. 5 Hawks

The definition of a Nets fan’s fool’s gold: A Jarrett Jack hot shooting streak. You see, Atlanta doesn’t rely on one guy to play hero every possession.

04/30/2015

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 27, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: D-Will, Nets Turnarounds Get Big Assist From Hollins

More important than any strategy, Lionel Hollins has these Nets playing with a passion, an attention to detail on the defensive end, and unselfishness on offense.

04/28/2015

Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets attempts to drive against the Atlanta Hawks during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 25, 2015. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Disrespected Nets Could Save NBA From 1st-Round Doldrums

Considering the number of lopsided series in the first round, Monday’s Game 4 between the Nets and Hawks is a must-see event for all NBA fans.

04/27/2015

Deron Williams reacts after missing a basket in the final seconds of the Brooklyn Nets' 96-91 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Once Again, Nets’ D-Will Comes Up Small In Huge Moment

A Little League coaching colleague of mine has this saying: “You can’t hide in baseball.” It turns out that it’s also true in basketball.

04/23/2015

Thaddeus Young of the Brooklyn Nets against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Will Regret Not Capitalizing On Hawks’ Subpar Performance

This was the game the Nets were praying for — and yet they still fell short. Don’t count on it occurring again in Game 2.

04/20/2015

The Brooklyn Nets during a game against the Orlando Magic on April 15, 2015 at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Made The Playoffs! Now, Can They Win A Game?

For whatever cosmic reasons, the Nets will be competing in games with even more meaning. I was wrong about whether they would get there. That won’t stop me from putting on my soothsayer hat again.

04/16/2015

Deron Williams against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 12, 2015 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Count ‘Em Out — Nets Done After Brick-Fest In Milwaukee

The only thing consistent about this team has been their inconsistency. Here’s one thing you can count on, though: On Wednesday, the Nets will be counted out.

04/13/2015

Jarrett Jack (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Playoff Hopes On Brink Of Being Hi-Jacked

Unfortunately, these are your 2014-15 Nets, folks. And if there’s one player who embodies the Brooklyn fans’ frustrations, it’s Jarrett Jack.

04/09/2015

Lionel Hollins of the Brooklyn Nets reacts to a call by the referees during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 4, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Hollins Needs To Find A Way To Get Better Bench Production

The Nets have come back from the abyss to now own their postseason destiny. They have three home games this week, two of which are winnable.

04/06/2015

Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets battles for position against the Indiana Pacers on March 31, 2015 at Barclays Center (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Brook Lopez’s Reinvention Spurs Nets’ Rise Up Standings

Now it’s not what will the Nets do if he decides to stay and keeps the team in luxury tax hell for another year, but how in the world can the Nets allow Lopez to leave if he opts out?

04/01/2015

Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee fights for a rebound with Boston's Kelly Olynyk on March 23, 2015 at Barclay Center. (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Are Down — But In The East, They’re Far From Out

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. This is the regret not of a mobster, but of a Brooklyn Nets fan.

03/24/2015

NCAA logo (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Everyone Out Of The Pool! We’re Enabling NCAA’s Shady System

After 30-plus years, I have decided to buck tradition. I no longer need to beware the Ides of March, for this year I will not be joining an NCAA Tournament pool.

03/18/2015

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