Steve Lichtenstein

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

Geno Smith (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Be Optimistic All You Want, But Ultimately They’re Still The Jets

I’m not dismissing the possibility that the Jets will roll over the Raiders and their rookie quarterback, but I’ve been fooled so many times in the past that the following tenet is ingrained in my soul: Beware of high expectations.

09/05/2014

Rueben Randle #82 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets Need To Go Outside The Organization And Get A Cornerback

No matter what they tell the media, Ryan and Idzik have to understand that outside help is needed. While they are loathe to take on long-term money, they have plenty of room under the 2014 cap to look into one-year fixes.

08/25/2014

Mason Plumlee #11 of Team USA passes under pressure from Tiago Splitter #15 of Team Brazil during an exhibition game at the United Center on August 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Team USA defeated team Brazil 95-78. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Mason Plumlee Has No Business Going To Spain

With his work ethic, he will continue to improve on his shooting range and ball handling, making him even more valuable to Brooklyn. He’s just not ready yet for this grand stage.

08/20/2014

Center court at Barclays Center (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Less Hype Doesn’t Mean Worse Viewing For Nets Fans

You should ignore all the pundits’ predictions of a down year. There’s plenty of good basketball for Nets fans to look forward to — even if most of the country won’t see it.

08/14/2014

Paul George is tended to on the court after fracturing his leg defending a play during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Will Horror Of Paul George Injury Scare NBA From World Stage?

This one freak play on Friday could very well kill international basketball as we know it. I hope I’m wrong.

08/04/2014

Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee of the USA Men's National Team talk to the media during practice at the Mendenhall Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on July 28, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Plumlee Showing Nets, Team USA That He’s Ready To Make Leap

Even if Plumlee gets cut, as expected, prior to the World Cup, this experience — playing with and against many of the league’s top players every day — can only enhance his value to the Nets.

07/30/2014

Michael Vick (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images), Geno Smith (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Questions, Questions And More Questions As Jets Open Camp

As the Jets head to Cortland for training camp this week, questions abound related to the specifics of general manager John Idzik’s offseason retooling. For instance, is Eric Decker really a No. 1 receiver? And where did all the corners go?

07/22/2014

Nets GM Billy King (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images), Paul Pierce  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Failure To Re-Sign Pierce Should Be Final Act Of Nets GM’s Reign

How is Billy King still on the job? It would be one thing if this was his first rodeo. But let’s not forget that he destroyed the 76ers.

07/14/2014

LeBron James of the Miami Heat shoots against the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Road Through East No Easier With LeBron In Cleveland

It seems so long ago now, back when LeBron was a Cavalier and the Nets were in New Jersey. But let’s not forget that those Nets were never able to knock off the King James when it counted when Cleveland’s next-best player was Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

07/11/2014

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