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Steve Lichtenstein

Billy King with WFAN's Joe & Evan during the 2013 offseason (credit: Ernie Acosta/WFAN)

Lichtenstein: After 2 Summer Upheavals, Nets’ King Choked By NBA Cap

LeBron and Melo are in play as free agents. Other stars like Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo may be trait bait. And the Nets will be watching it all unfold on social media, just like me.

06/26/2014

Fans cheer during the international friendly match between the United States and Nigeria at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Soccer Is Boring TV, Which Is Why Most Americans Don’t Care About World Cup

Soccer fever will grip the planet this week as the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil. I already have a headache. Before you pounce on me with derivations of “ugly American,” hear me out.

06/10/2014

Derek Fisher (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images), Jason Kidd (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Knicks Take Page From Nets’ Playbook, But Did They Even Read It?

So the Knicks actually think the Jason Kidd nouveau-coach experiment worked in Brooklyn this past season?

06/10/2014

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Miami Heat during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 8, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets GM Billy King Has To Find A Way To Deal Deron

How in the world can King find Williams a ride out of town? It’s not as hard as you think, provided you understand that the Nets won’t get close to full value in return.

05/28/2014

Paul Pierce #34 and Kevin Garnett #2 (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Postmortem — Who Will Be Back And Who Will Be Gone?

Here’s my prediction as to who will and who will not be members of the Nets when the 2014-15 season tips off in late October.

05/19/2014

Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets reacts in the final seconds of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 14, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Should Have Been Better — But They Weren’t

In as fitting an ending as you could script for this season, the host Heat roared back from an eight-point deficit in the last three minutes to send the Nets back to Brooklyn for good, 96-94.

05/15/2014

LeBron James of the Miami Heat puts on a show during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 12, 2014 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Depth No Match For Miami’s 1-Man Show

The cold truth is that these guys are limited in what they can be counted on to do night-in and night-out. And this series has proven that those limits make it awfully hard to take down a King.

05/13/2014

Mirza Teletovic of the Brooklyn Nets takes a shot against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 10, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: In-The-Zone Teletovic Keeps Nets’ Hopes Alive

Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd turned to Teletovic and asked him to do the seemingly impossible — go toe-to-toe with the best player on the planet.

05/11/2014

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Miami Heat during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 8, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Stars Come Up Small; Inch Closer To Being Blown Up By Owner

Tick, tick. Somewhere in Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov is sitting in some chamber in his mansion ready to dismantle his expensive American toy.

05/09/2014

Jason Kidd (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jason Kidd Folded The Tent Early In Series Opener Against Heat

Who knows? Maybe the Heat were too strong and would have won Game 1 anyway. That doesn’t excuse Kidd for not playing the guys who gave the Nets their best chance to dethrone the King and his court.

05/07/2014

Ray Allen of the Miami Heat battles Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets for the ball during their game at the Barclays Center on January 10, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: 4 Reasons Why Nets Have A Shot To Beat The Heat

After taking some time to get my heart rate back to where it should be, I’m ready to dig into how the Nets can unseat the two-time defending champions.

05/05/2014

Deron Williams chases after an errant pass in the final seconds of Game 5. The Raptors defeated the Nets 115-113 to take a 3-2 series lead. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Passive D-Will Has Nets On Brink Of Elimination

The general lack of aggression. The poor decision-making. The failure to produce in the clutch. Not exactly what the Nets bargained for, huh?

05/01/2014

Shaun Livingston #14 of the Brooklyn Nets defends against DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors in Game Two of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Air Canada Centre on April 22, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Miss Opportunity To Take Control Of Series

Elite teams find a way to overcome the egregious officiating. The fact remains that the Nets had a solid chance to do it on Tuesday night, but they couldn’t put the Raptors away.

04/23/2014

Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets rejects a scoring play by Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Nets defeated the Raptors 94-87 to take a 1-0 series lead. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Send Message To Raptors — Don’t Mess With These ‘Dinosaurs’

It took me a few looks at the infamous Toronto Sun headline prior to Saturday’s Game 1. Raptors vs. Dinosaurs? Are they coming out with another sequel to Jurassic Park?

04/21/2014

Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets shares a word with his team on April 5, 2014. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein’s Playoff Preview: Nets Will Get Past Raptors, But It Won’t Be Easy

For Brooklyn to advance to the second round for the first time since 2007 (when, ironically, the sixth-seeded New Jersey Nets upset third-seeded Toronto), the following matters must be addressed.

04/18/2014

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