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Steve Lichtenstein

Jason Kidd (right) and Deron Williams (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Hoping ‘Small Ball’ Will Cure Their Ailing Season

Whether it was a stroke of genius or dumb luck, Nets coach Jason Kidd concocted a new look for his team as it entered the New Year, pairing his two point guards.


Stan Van Gundy (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images), Jason Kidd  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: New Year, Same Old ‘Bush-League’ Nets With Kidd At Helm

Well, now we know that Stan Van Gundy won’t be coming to rescue the hapless Nets in 2014.


Jason Kidd (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Can’t Wait Any Longer To Change Direction

The one move that King has to make now, as it’s three weeks overdue, is to fire Kidd. Kidd, who took the job only 10 days after retiring as a player, is unsurprisingly in over his shaved head.


Geno Smith (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Smith Can Graduate To 2014 If He Passes Final Test At Miami

If Smith can pass this test, I believe the Jets have their quarterback for 2014. They should focus on obtaining a veteran backup — not named Sanchez — and upgrading their skill positions in the draft.


Brook Lopez (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Let’s Hold Off On Nets’ Obituary Following Lopez Injury

Brook Lopez’s broken foot might not be a death knell for the Brooklyn Nets.


Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards shoots against the Brooklyn Nets on December 18, 2013. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Loss Simple To Explain — Outworked By Hungrier Wizards

There are no excuses this time. Not injuries, coaching, the refs. This one was all about one team outworking the other. Washington was hungrier and ate the Nets for dinner.


Mirza Teletovic shoots against Tony Wroten of the Philadelphia 76ers. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Offense Gets Boost From Increased Teletovic Role

OK, they were facing the Sixers. But there was definitely something different in Brooklyn last night in the Nets’ easy-breezy 130-94 victory.


Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Barclays Center on December 12, 2013. The Nets defeat the Clippers 102-93.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Keep Paul Pierce Out Of Nets’ Starting Lineup

Much has been written about the precipitous decline in Kevin Garnett’s game, but the talk about Pierce has been in more hushed tones. His instincts can still be useful — as long as it’s in a reserve role.


Deron Williams shoots against Jeff Green of the Boston Celtics on December 10, 2013 at Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: D-Will Returns To Rescue Nets, Embattled Coach Kidd

All that was missing was the heroic cry, “Here I come to save the day!” Deron Williams was his old high-stepping self Tuesday in leading the Nets to a 104-96 victory over Boston.


Jason Kidd (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Kidd Must Be Reassigned, If Not Fired Altogether

With the Nets virtually tied for last place in the putrid Atlantic Division with a 5-14 record, it is time for patience to be replaced by urgency before the season is irrevocably lost.


Head Coach Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets stands with Lawrence Frank. Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: In Defense Of Jason Kidd’s Reassignment Of Lawrence Frank

Hopefully, as Kidd explained in his press conference, this was all about basketball and not something related to Frank’s personal situation.


Rex Ryan (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets’ Regression Spells Doom For Rex Ryan

When the Jets were 5-4 and had the NFL world marveling at their resilience after beating the Saints, coach Rex Ryan had to avoid one word the rest of the way to stifle the calls for his job: regression.


John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images), Mariano Rivera  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images), Mo Wilkerson (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Still Plenty To Be Thankful For In BRUTAL Sports Year

We New York fans love our teams through thick and thin, and there are actually a few things that give us hope for a better 2014.


Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Offense Under Kidd Has Been Totally Offensive

Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd seems to be out of answers after going with the end of his bench for much of the fourth quarter in Sunday’s loss.


Kevin Garnett sits on the bench at the end of the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Barclays Center on November 18, 2013. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: If Kevin Garnett Is Hot, LEAVE HIM IN!

Garnett was supposed to help change the Nets’ notoriously soft culture. It’s hard to do that five minutes at a time.