Steve Lichtenstein

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?

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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

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets’ Maccagnan Can Make Believer Out Of Me In Draft

This is where “Magic Mike” can earn his way into Jets lore. If he succeeds, and in a few years the Jets take off for lands not seen in many decades, then I’ll believe anything is possible.

03/16/2015

Darrelle Revis (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Reality Check On Revis — You Rebuild Around QB, Not CB

The real bottom line is this: Even with Darrelle Revis, how much better do you think the Jets got this offseason?

03/11/2015

Deron Williams (Photo by Nathaniel Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: I’m Begging You — Stop Pairing D-Will And Jack In Crunch Time

The Nets were only trailing Utah, 78-75, with 5:45 remaining in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center Sunday night, but the ensuing substitution horn might as well have been a death knell.

03/09/2015

Deron Williams brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets on March 4, 2015 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Excuse For Nets’ Brutal Performance Against Hornets

NBA teams are prone to stinkers. They could occur at the tail end of a dense schedule. They could be a side effect of an injury bug. Or maybe one team is vastly superior to the other. In Wednesday’s case, it was none of the above.

03/05/2015

Jarrett Jack of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates after hitting the game-winning shot against the Golden State Warriors on March 2, 2015 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: With A Dose Of Athleticism, Nets Have Become More Interesting

No way Brooklyn wins Monday night’s game had it been played two weeks ago. Those Nets were a dying patient—old, slow and primed for burial even amongst the dreck that is the East.

03/03/2015

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Lichtenstein: Nets Slam Back To Earth With Loss To Undermanned Pelicans

In one night, Lionel Hollins and the Nets undid all those feel-good stories from their modest two-game winning streak coming out of the All-Star break.

02/26/2015

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Lichtenstein: Nets’ Lineup Experiment Is Destined To Come Up Small

Here come the small-ball lovers. “See–the Nets won two in a row by taking a page out of Kidd’s playbook. What irony!” Except they don’t realize that it can’t be sustained.

02/24/2015

Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Surprise — Nets GM Drops The Ball At Trade Deadline

Because Billy King couldn’t unload any of his Max Three, Brooklyn’s future will remain bleak for the next few years. By then there’d better be a new caretaker in charge.

02/20/2015

Deron Williams and Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Trade ‘Em! Memphis Should Be Last Stop For Nets’ Underperforming Stars

I’ve had enough of D-Will’s excuses. Trading Brook Lopez could also be addition by subtraction. They both have to go — for whatever Nets GM Billy King can get at auction.

02/10/2015

Lionel Hollins and Deron Williams (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Turning Corner, But Danger Lurks Around The Bend

Even Lionel Hollins admitted that Wednesday’s win in Toronto meant a little more considering the venue. Unfortunately, all of this recent good work can be undone in a weekend.

02/05/2015

Andray Blatche during the 2014 FIBA tournament (Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images), Nets GM Billy King  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Blatche Rumor Proves Nets GM Is King Of The Flip-Flop

Just when you thought this season couldn’t get any stranger. Unfortunately, there is little Billy King can do to resurrect this team.

02/03/2015

Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets walks off the court after their 113-102 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Jan. 28, 2015. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Not Doing Anything To Help Their Case In NYC

This third season in Brooklyn is headed for epic failure. Even the best-case scenario has the Nets sneaking their way into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs where the Hawks will surely send them home for good.

01/30/2015

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