Steve Lichtenstein

Deron Williams (R) passes the ball to Brook Lopez at practice (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Chemistry 101 — Nets’ Lopez And D-Will Earn D’s For Demotions

Deron Williams and Brook Lopez may be former All-Stars on max contracts, but the Nets have been playing superior basketball when they are off the floor.

12/30/2014

Mason Plumlee (Photo by Brian Babineau /NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Sell High — Nets’ Plumlee Is Not Untouchable

The axiom for all investment assets should be: Buy low, sell high. When it comes to Nets center Mason Plumlee, at least general manager Billy King got the first part right.

12/29/2014

Deron Williams (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Take The Deal! Nets Need To Unload Fully Depreciated D-Will

Let’s be honest, there’s not much of a market for an oft-injured, overpriced and underperforming 30-year-old point guard. So my advice to Brooklyn: get what you can now.

12/22/2014

Jarrett Jack #0 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on late in the fourth quarter during a game against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center on December 16, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Rich With Embarrassments — Leaky Nets ‘D’ Lets Heat Off Hook

It’s bad enough that this Nets season appears to be headed for epic disaster, but the list of embarrassments from Tuesday night’s Heat game was so frighteningly long I don’t even know where to begin.

12/17/2014

Geno Smith is sacked in the end zone for a safety on December 14, 2014 (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images); Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota poses with the Heisman Trophy on December 13, 2014 (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Only The Jets Can Turn A Win Into A Devastating Loss

Forget Mariota. Forget Winston. The Jets won a game in the present, but likely lost out at a shot at a brighter future.

12/15/2014

Deron Williams (L) and GM Billy King (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Job Of Dismantling Nets’ Core Belongs To King’s Successor

So … everyone’s seen Billy King’s record when he (twice) had carte blanche to construct a franchise, but now Nets fans are supposed to be OK with ownership allowing him to burn it to the ground?

12/11/2014

Prince William and Kate Middleton on the Jumbotron during the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images); Nets GM Billy King (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: With Royals In Nets’ House, No Better Time To Shout ‘Down With King!’

My exhortation was in no way expressing any displeasure towards Great Britain’s monarchy, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It’s time to end the reign of GM Billy King.

12/09/2014

Jose Calderon #3 of the New York Knicks dribbles against the Brooklyn Nets on December 2, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Believe It Or Not, The Knicks Are In Better Shape Than The Nets

So yes, Nets fans like myself can gloat all we want about this season’s dominance over our cross-river rivals, but we should be more worried that it will be very short-lived.

12/03/2014

Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets argues with the officials in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 1, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets’ Prehistoric Offense Brings Brass, Geno One Step Closer To Extinction

After a couple of 8-8 seasons had us thinking that maybe they’re not so far away, there’s no obscuring the Jets’ true status now.

12/02/2014

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.

11/26/2014

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

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