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NY Post Writer: Jay-Z's Nets Should Be 'New York N-----s'

Phil Mushnick column makes some people angry

(Newser) - New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick is taking some heat for some, er, colorful comments in today's column about the Brooklyn Nets' new uniforms. "As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots—what a shock that he chose black and white as the... More »

Knicks Fans Boo Kris Humphries

Resounding ding for Kim's 72-day hubby

(Newser) - Who knew so many Kim Kardashian fans like basketball? They were apparently out in force when the New York Knicks played the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden yesterday—and resoundingly booed Kardashian's 72-day hubby, Kris Humphries. The Knicks crowd zinged Humphries every time he touched the ball... More »

Nets Owner to Run Against Putin

But Mikhail Prokhorov says he won't attack him too vociferously

(Newser) - Eccentric Russian billionaire and New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has his eye on a new prize: He wants to be president of Russia, he announced today. "This is the most important decision of my life," he said at a news conference, according to Bloomberg . Prokorov promised to... More »

LeBron Sweepstakes Begins

And with it the biggest free agent summer in history

(Newser) - The scramble over the richest free agent class in NBA history officially tips off today, and all eyes are on one man. LeBron James won't be traveling to visit his suitors. The King will hold court at home in Akron, where first the Nets, and then the Knicks, Bulls, Heat,... More »

Russian Tycoon Buys New Jersey Nets

NBA green-lights Prokhorov's purchase of struggling franchise

(Newser) - Russia's second-richest man now owns the NBA's worst-performing team. The NBA gave its seal of approval to Mikhail Prokhorov's purchase of the New Jersey Nets yesterday, making him the NBA's first owner from outside North America and the only second foreigner to own a major US sports franchise. The oligarch,... More »

Ex-NBA Star Gets 5 Years in Death of Driver

Victim's family complain that Williams has been 'partying around'

(Newser) - Jayson Williams was sentenced to 5 years in prison today for accidentally shooting and killing a limousine driver in 2002. The 42-year-old former New Jersey Net, who must serve a minimum of 18 months, tearfully apologized to the family of Costas “Gus” Christofi. “I pray that today brings... More »

Nets End Record 18-Game Skid

Beat Bobcats to exit worst season start in NBA history

(Newser) - The New Jersey Nets ended the worst start in NBA history—18 losses—by beating the Charlotte Bobcats 97-91 last night. Brook Lopez had 31 points and 14 rebounds, and Courtney Lee scored a career-high 27 points in his return to the starting lineup for the Nets in their first... More »

At 0-18, Nets Set Futility Mark

But take heart, fans: NJ not yet threatening all-time skid of 24

(Newser) - The New Jersey Nets were pounded into NBA infamy tonight, falling 117-101 to the Dallas Mavericks for their 18th consecutive loss to start the season. The Nets passed the 1988-89 Miami Heat and 1999 Los Angeles Clippers, who both dropped their first 17 games. New Jersey's next chance to end... More »

Ex-NBA Star Cops Plea in 2002 Shooting

Jayson Williams averts retrial, expected to serve 18 months

(Newser) - Former New Jersey Net Jayson Williams has agreed to a plea bargain in the 2002 shooting death of a limo driver and the subsequent attempt to cover up his involvement. Under the deal, he will plead guilty tomorrow to aggravated assault, receive a sentence of 3 years, and serve a... More »

Russian Tycoon Makes Bid for NJ Nets

NBA team could be first to go under foreign ownership

(Newser) - A Russian tycoon has made a bid for a controlling stake in the New Jersey Nets, in what could become the first instance of foreign ownership of an NBA club, Reuters reports. Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s richest man, said on his blog that his Onexmi group had offered to loan... More »

Third Time's a Charm for Jay-Z, Rap's Cash King

Mogul discusses business, music as release approaches

(Newser) - As he comes full circle with the Sept. 11 release of The Blueprint 3, exactly 8 years after the original Blueprint, Jay-Z discusses his journey from the projects of Brooklyn to the top of Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash King list with Billboard. “We—Usher, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, myself—are becoming... More »

NBA Mourns Pistons Great Chuck Daly

Hall of Famer, 78, succumbed to cancer, a coach to the end

(Newser) - The basketball world is mourning Hall of Famer Chuck Daly, who died today of pancreatic cancer at 78. Daly is best known as the coach of the “Bad Boy” Pistons teams and the original 1992 Olympic Dream Team. He’s the winningest coach in Detroit’s history, with 467... More »

'Suicidal' Ex-NBA Star Jayson Williams Hospitalized

He will undergo psychological evaluation

(Newser) - Former NBA star Jayson Williams was hospitalized after acting "suicidal" and "violent," the New York Post reports. Police officers used "an electrical device" to subdue Williams, who had barricaded himself inside a New York hotel room. He was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.... More »

LeBron's In a New York (or New Jersey) State of Mind

Cavs star knows Knicks, Nets ready to court him

(Newser) - LeBron James knows how much Knicks fans would love to see him suit up in Madison Square Garden come 2010 or 2011, but the Cleveland star isn't committing to anything yet, writes ESPN. What he is saying might have New York coach Mike D'Antoni worried, though: LeBron's favorite borough is... More »

Celtics Beat Nets 105-94 in Playoff Tune-Up

Boston prepares for first-round matchup with Atlanta

(Newser) - Second-stringer Leon Powe scored a career-high 27 points, adding 11 rebounds for his sixth career double-double, and the Boston bench helped beat the New Jersey Nets 105-94 Wednesday night while the Celtics starters took it easy in their final tune-up before the playoffs. Tony Allen scored 18 for Boston, which... More »

Jefferson Scores 28 to Lead Nets Over Bobcats

New Jersey finishes year with 7th straight winning home record

(Newser) - Richard Jefferson scored 28 points and hit a go-ahead jumper as the New Jersey Nets rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 112-108 in overtime Tuesday night. Vince Carter added 18 points, Devin Harris had 17 and eight assists and the Nets limited the Bobcats to... More »

Jefferson's 24 Help Nets Smother Bucks

Carter adds 21 as New Jersey wins for second time in eight games

(Newser) - Richard Jefferson scored 24 points and Vince Carter added 21 as the New Jersey Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 last night. Bostjan Nachbar scored all 15 of his points in the second half for New Jersey, which won for only the second time in eight games. Jefferson, Nachbar, and... More »

Raptors End Nets' Playoff Chances

New Jersey missing the postseason for first time since 2001

(Newser) - Carlos Delfino scored 24 points, Chris Bosh had 21 and the Toronto Raptors eliminated New Jersey from playoff contention with a 112-85 victory Friday. Vince Carter had 21 points and Devin Harris added 19 for the Nets, who last missed the playoffs in the 2001 season. Philadelphia's loss to Indiana... More »

James Helps Cavs Rally Past Nets 104-83

LeBron flirts with triple-double in Cleveland victory

(Newser) - LeBron James played with his aching back and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a much-needed win. James, who didn't practice Monday and Tuesday because of back spasms, scored 33 points as the Cavaliers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat the New Jersey Nets, 104-83. James was 11-of-21 from the field... More »

Nets Beat Raptors to End Skid

Carter scores 32 to snap four-game losing streak

(Newser) - Vince Carter scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and the New Jersey Nets beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 99-90 last night, snapping a four-game losing streak and keeping their faint playoff hopes alive. Despite the win, the Nets' magic number for being eliminated from postseason contention... More »

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