Rookie Rankings, Week 2: Kidd’s Return Overshadows Top Rookies

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Did you watch the Bucks-Nets game on Wednesday night? If you didn’t, you missed a good one. Unlike most NBA regular season games, it had a terrific storyline, with power-hungry backstabber upwardly mobile coach Jason Kidd returning to Brooklyn for the first time since his failed takeover move to Milwaukee. And the game was perhaps the best of the young season. Before a somewhat energized crowd, the Bucks and Nets battled into triple overtime. Brooklyn was on a four-game skid and desperately needed a

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Scotto: Amid Boos and Tension, Kidd Triumphs in Return to Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN – Jason Kidd didn’t give a Buck about the thunderous boos and chants from Nets fans at Barclays Center. “I have bad hearing anyways,” Kidd said. “I thought whatever the greeting was, it’s about the players. People don’t pay to come to see the coach.” On this night, they did. This was more than just a game. This was a personal score that had to be settled among Nets management, Brooklyn fans and Kidd. The tension between Nets management and Kidd could

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Photo of the Day: DeAndre Jordan Flexing Off Cryotherapy

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In the past year or so, cryotherapy has been gaining popularity in the NBA. Only a handful of teams use these futuristic cryo chambers, but players have apparently had positive feedback of the treatment. The Phoenix Suns were one of the first teams to have one at their facilities. When I hear the term “cryotherapy” or anything with “cryo” in the name, I can’t help but think of Austin Powers. That’s the huge machine that freezes and keeps someone in

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Five Things To Watch: Milwaukee Bucks

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It’s the dawn of a new era for the Milwaukee Bucks, with new ownership at the helm, a new coach on the sidelines, and (hopefully) a new approach to building a championship-caliber team. The Bucks have really gone through the ringer over the past year, enduring a franchise-worst 15-67 season and a messy coaching change, yet fans might be as hopeful as ever. If anything, that just goes to show how maddening the status quo had become, but the optimism isn’t unfounded.

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Bernucca: Spurs Aren’t Streaking, They’re Gliding

There have been some fair comparisons drawn between the current 17-game winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs and the remarkable 27-game run put together a year ago by the Miami Heat. Both teams expect to compete for the NBA championship. Both teams found their rhythm at the most opportune time of the season. Both teams stormed to the league’s best record and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. There are obvious differences as well. For one, San Antonio still needs 10

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Preseason Playoff Picture: Eastern Conference

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Who is crashing the playoff party in the East this season? Conventional wisdom says the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are head and shoulders above the rest of the Eastern Conference and – barring a disaster – will secure the top five spots. At the other end of the conference, you can probably toss out the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats and Philadelphia 76ers, who could pool their rosters to come up with

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Tweet of the Day: NBA Players Reflect On 9/11

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It was 12 years ago today that the horrors of 9/11 were etched into the annals of history, yet the events of that day still seem so recent. Two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City causing them to collapse and two other planes flew towards targets further south—one crashing in a field in Pennsylvania, the other hitting the Pentagon in Washington. Today, as many across the United States take time to reflect on the tragedy that

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