Steve Lichtenstein

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

Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams during the Brooklyn Nets' open practice on October 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Despite Question Marks, Nets Are Still A Playoff Team

I say 45-37 sounds about right to me–good enough for fifth place in the East. And I’ll set it even without an injury caveat.

10/29/2014

Geno Smith and Michael Vick look on from the New York Jets' bench in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on October 26, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills won 43-23. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Geno Or Vick? I’ve Got News For You — It Doesn’t Matter

Seven straight losses. The remainder of the season is meaningless. Why even debate the merits of who is the better quarterback between Geno Smith and Michael Vick?

10/27/2014

Brook Lopez

Lichtenstein: 44-Minute Games Won’t Solve NBA’s Injury Crisis

The league seems content to take as much of the fans’ money as fast as they can, even if it means more performances by understudies in lieu of marquee attractions like Brook Lopez.

10/20/2014

Geno Smith greets New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after a loss at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Bad Teams Like Jets Don’t Have Moral Victories

If anything, Thursday night in New England showed how poor this team is — they couldn’t take a game that was practically given to them.

10/17/2014

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets talks in the huddle during practice as part of the 2014 NBA Global Games on October 14, 2014 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: 5 Takeaways From Nets’ Trip To China

At least Deron Williams isn’t returning to the U.S. in a walking boot. He survived the trip, which is all the Nets want from him out of this preseason.

10/16/2014

A New York Jets fan at MetLife Stadium (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: The Self-Inflicted Pain Of A Jets Season-Ticket Holder

This disaster of a football team is depressing enough for me, but what does it say about all of you who are paying for the privilege of getting overly worked up every home game?

10/13/2014

Alan Anderson (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Have Their Core Four, But Who Will Take The Fifth?

Assuming they stay healthy — and that’s a pretty big assumption given their medical history — the Nets will revolve around the quartet of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett.

10/07/2014

Jets owner Woody Johnson (R) and general manager John Idzik. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets, Undisciplined And Talent-Starved, Really Are This Bad

Count on more blowouts, especially on Sunday when Denver comes to MetLife Stadium. Right now that game looks like a mismatch for the ages–parity be damned.

10/06/2014

Geno Smith looks on from the bench during the Jets' 24-17 loss to the Lions at MetLife Stadium on September 28, 2014. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Best Option Left For Jets — Tank The Season

There’s no benefit to finishing 7-9 over 4-12. If the Jets are bad enough, they can have their pick at the best available quarterback coming out of college.

09/29/2014

Lionel Hollins (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Training Camp Primer: Hollins Wants Team To Back Up Toughness Talk

A no-nonsense, old-school coach who speaks with intelligence and wit, Hollins brings with him a recipe that proved successful when he led Memphis to the 2013 Western Conference Finals.

09/26/2014

Jets head coach Rex Ryan looks on against the Chicago Bears on September 22, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Patience? Sorry Jets, But I’m All Tapped Out

I don’t want to read more about how this was meant to be a rebuilding year, a developmental season for Geno Smith, yada, yada, yada. Been there. Too many times to count.

09/23/2014

Lionel Hollins (Photo by Nathaniel S Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Was This A Summer Of Hell For Nets Fans? Not So Fast

This time the Nets will enter training camp not as the NBA’s most intriguing club, but one that will be well under the national-media radar.

09/16/2014

Jets WR Jeremy Kerley catches what would have been a game-tying touchdown in Green Bay, only to have the play called off due to a botched timeout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: AAUGH! Fans Fooled Again By Same Old Jets

The Jets are rarely frauds. It’s worse—they’re teasers. They consistently give false hope, then smash it into a billion pieces, a la Sunday in Green Bay.

09/15/2014

David Harris and Antonio Allen tackle Mychal Rivera of the Oakland Raiders after a reception in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 7, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Allen Rewards Ryan’s Faith, Shines In Jets’ Opener

There was one player whose development Sunday took me by surprise and deserves some extra attention. And no, it’s not quarterback Geno Smith.

09/08/2014

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