Sprung: Amid coaching chaos, Nets only imagine what could have been with Shaw

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KiddJason Kidd and Brian Shaw were the two finalists for the Brooklyn Nets coaching position during the summer.

While Kidd won out and was hired by the Nets, Shaw ended up getting his first head job in Denver with the Nuggets. So far, it sure seems like Shaw got the better end of that deal.

While Brooklyn languishes near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, Denver won its seventh straight game Tuesday, efficiently eviscerating the Nets, 111-87, on a night where turmoil and turbulence raged in the home locker room.

Before the game, Kidd announced that top assistant Lawrence Frank, who was reportedly at odds with Kidd, was demoted and reassigned to “doing daily reports.”

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SH Blog: Melo misses J-Kidd; Kobe to return Friday vs. Kings?

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JeremyLinSH1When I lived in the US, I took both Thanksgiving and Black Friday off from just about everything except eating, sleeping, and watching TV. Even fun things like the internet and video games.

Now I live in Canada, so I don’t get to take either day off, but if you’re like me, only American, you could be forgiven for missing yesterday’s Sixth Man rankings.

SH Blog: Kevin Garnett waives no-trade clause to complete mega-trade between Nets-Celtics

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Kevin GarnettWhen Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov became the majority owner of the team, he made a promise that raised plenty of eyebrows: the Nets will win a championship in five years.

It sounded like an impossible promise for a team that had been so awful ever since the departure of Jason Kidd back in the 2007-2008 season. Slowly but surely, though, Prokhorov made sure that his words would prove to be meaningful by building a new arena to help attract free agents and willingly spent top dollar to acquire the best available talents around the league. Fittingly, he even brought back Kidd – this time as a head coach.

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SH Blog: Hibbert fined $75,000 for homophobic comment; Hollins done in Memphis?

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All it takes is one guy saying something stupid to take all the spotlight off of a big game. The latest example was last night, when Roy Hibbert made some remarks that he really should not have, almost overshadowing the fact that the Pacers have done what almost nobody expected them to do and pushed their series with the Heat to Game 7. That game is tomorrow night, so get ready everyone.

Should the Heat lose, it’ll be another case of the Championship Formula letting us all down again, which is just what Danny Schayes wrote about in his latest column. Also on Sheridan Hoops, we’ve got Jeremy Bauman taking a look at three projected first-round picks who should be good players… if they just end up on the right team.

Now let’s take a look at all the latest NBA news:

  • Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game FourIf you haven’t heard by now, Roy Hibbert made some homophobic remarks last night regarding his defense on LeBron James. Here’s a statement from Hudson Taylor of anti-homophobia advocacy organization Athlete Ally on the situation: “We are disappointed by Hibbert’s comments, as that kind of language is disrespectful, has no place in sports and is antithetical to the NBA’s policies. As an official partner of the NBA and NBPA, Athlete Ally works closely with the league on delivering trainings and workshops to educate players about LGBT inclusion and respect. The league is undoubtedly a leader in this area, and Roy’s statement of apology clearly recognizes the harms of his comments. We are confident that NBA will do its part to rectify the issue to the extent it can, comprehensively educate Hibbert, who seems genuinely apologetic, and make sure that these kinds of comments are soon a thing of the past.” Brendon Ayanbadejo added: “Hibbert’s comments show his lack of awareness on this issue. He often talks about love and seems to be a positive and caring person. I think he has potential to be an ally and I hope he takes this moment and learns from it.” Brian Ellner, a leading LGBT advocate and Athlete Ally Board Member said, “Far too many young people look up to our sports stars, especially when on a stage as big as the playoffs.  We can’t emphasize enough the need for education, because instances like this are harmful to youth. At the same time, we applaud the NBA’s swift action and strong rebuke on this.” “
  • That “swift action and strong rebuke” came in the form of a not-insignificant fine, as Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today writes: “The NBA fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert $75,000 on Sunday for his homophobic and vulgar comments following Saturday night’s 91-77 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals that forced a Game 7 series finale against the Miami Heat for Monday. “While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. Hibbert realized his mistake Sunday morning and reached out on Twitter to Jason Collins, who recently became the first active NBA player to publicly state he is gay.”

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SH Blog: Melo says Knicks are better than Pacers, Nick Young sued for alleged rape

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Tyson ChandlerThe New York Knicks are on the brink of elimination.

That, of course, has caused much  chatter from the team, with plenty of talk about who deserves blame for the team’s demise.

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Tyson Chandler somewhat started it all when he said the team wasn’t playing team basketball. Confronted by Carmelo Anthony about the statement, the center had to clarify his statement, from Al Iannazzone of Newsday:

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