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Jason Kidd Writes Letter to Bucks’ Fans

Jason Kidd Writes Letter to Bucks’ Fans

Mike Ehrman/Getty images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s officially the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Kidd took to the team’s Twitter account to further endear himself to the fans.
“Over the past couple days, I’ve been asked: ‘Why Milwaukee?’ My answer is simple: there is no place I’d rather be,” Kidd wrote. “Over my twenty years in the NBA as a player and a coach, I have always been impressed with the level of support that Bucks fans have given this team, in good times and bad.
With a talented roster, new owners that are passionate about being successful in Milwaukee, and a great fan base, we have the makings of something special here and I’m proud to be leading this new era of Bucks basketball.”
After a stellar 19-year career, Kidd became the coach of the Brooklyn Nets the season after he retired. The team had massive expectations placed on them, but Kidd could only take them to the second of the playoffs.
In an attempt to gain more power, Kidd reportedly demanded to be named the president of basketball operations. The team balked at Kidd’s demands, and he was promptly traded to the Bucks for two second-round picks.
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ESPN: Bucks Make ‘Trade’ for Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd

ESPN: Bucks Make ‘Trade’ for Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Things have gotten quite interesting for the Milwaukee Bucks in the past week. The latest development, according to ESPN, is that the Bucks will send a 2015 and 2019 2nd round pick to nab coaching rights to Jason Kidd.
This is quite a surprise considering this time a year ago, the Nets had just hired Kidd to coach the team after he retired from playing in the NBA.
The move was seen at the time as a surprise because Kidd had zero coaching experience at any level, and was handed the job for a Nets team expected to contend right away due to their veteran roster.
The Nets struggled right off the bat, but managed to finish with a 44-38 record and won their first-round playoff series.
But Kidd reportedly demanded to become the team’s President of Basketball Operations, and the team wasn’t willing to give him so much power with so much inexperience.
This past season, the Bucks finished with the worst record in the NBA at 15-67. The team was fortunate enough to draft former Duke star Jabari Parker with the second overall pick in last week’s draft.
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Jason Kidd Allowed to Talk with Bucks

Jason Kidd Allowed to Talk with Bucks

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After helping to turn the Brooklyn Nets season around and reach the playoffs, Jason Kidd’s future with the team is uncertain. Reports surfaced late Saturday night that the first year head coach could be on his way out of the Big Apple and headed to Milwaukee.
Sources confirmed a report from the New York Post that Kidd was allowed to speak with the Bucks after his request for a promotion was denied by Nets ownership. Kidd reportedly asked for personnel decisions to be added to his duties in addition to his coaching as well as part ownership. Milwaukee then asked, and was granted, permission to talk with Kidd about leaving Brooklyn.
Negotiations were said to be far enough along that the two sides were discussing compensation for the Nets when Kidd was hired away. Milwaukee, which already has a coach and general manager under contract, was purchased by Marc Lasry and Wes Edens earlier this year. Lasry was once a part-time owner of the Nets when Kidd was playing for the franchise, and was even a financial adviser to the former point guard. 
Should they need a new coach, sources say Brooklyn has shown interest in Mark Jackson, Lionel Simmons, and George Karl among others. In his first season as an NBA head coach, Kidd went 44-38 after a 10-21 start. Brooklyn reached the playoffs for a second straight year before being ousted by the Miami Heat in the second round. 
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Nets Guard Deron Williams to Undergo Surgery on Both Ankles

Nets Guard Deron Williams to Undergo Surgery on Both Ankles

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) — Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will undergo surgery on both ankles next week, the team announced Thursday.
“He will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and the left ankle will have an arthroscopic cleanout with removal of spurs from both the front and back of the ankle,” team foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley, who will perform the surgery, said in a statement issued by the team.
For the past two seasons, Williams has been plagued by persistent injuries in both of his ankles. He has received multiple cortisone shots and platelet-rich-plasma injections to help ease the pain, but the problem has not gone away.
Williams averaged just 14.3 points and 6.1 assists in 64 games during the regular season for the Nets, the lowest totals since his rookie year. In 12 playoff games, he averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 assists.  The Nets were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The procedures are scheduled for next Tuesday. The 29-year-old Williams still has three years and $63.1 million remaining on his deal with the Nets.
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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) –  Don’t look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.
“When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.
The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.
“Give the Heat credit,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn’t.”
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.
Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat 96 – Brooklyn Nets 94 (Heat win series, 4-1)
San Antonio Spurs 104 – Portland Trail Blazers 82 (Spurs win series 4-1)
NHL Playoffs: Montreal Canadiens 3 – Boston Bruins 1 (Canadiens win series, 4-3)
Los Angeles Kings 2 – Anaheim Ducks 1 (Series Tied 3-3)
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (21-18) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (17-21)
Detroit Tigers 7 (24-12) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (20-18)
Kansas City Royals 3 (20-19) – Colorado Rockies 2 (23-19)
Washington Nationals 5 (21-19) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (16-27)
Chicago White Sox 4 (20-22) – Oakland Athletics 2 (25-16)
San Francisco Giants 10 (26-15) – Atlanta Braves 4 (22-17)
Tampa Bay Rays 2 (18-23) – Seattle Mariners 0 (20-20)
New York Yankees 4 (20-19) – New York Mets 0 (19-20)
Houston Astros 5 (14-27) – Texas Rangers 4 (20-21)
Boston Red Sox 9 (20-19) – Minnesota Twins 4 (18-20)
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (17-22) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (23-15)
Cleveland Indians 15 (19-21) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (20-21)
Miami Marlins 13 (21-20) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (22-20)
Chicago Cubs (13-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-20) Postponed due to inclement weather
San Diego Padres (19-21) at Cincinnati Reds (17-20) Postponed due to inclement weather
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LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James tied his playoff career-high with 49 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.
The Heat now lead the series 3-1.
James finished the game 16-of-24 from the field.
“My only thing with him, he was going so well in the third quarter we didn’t want him to die out in the fourth,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said of his teammate, James.  “But that guy has an engine that’s second to none so he just continued it going.”
Wade had 15 points in the win.
The Nets tied the game at 94 with 2:30 to play when Kevin Garnett hit two free throws. The game stayed tied until Chris Bosh hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to give the Heat the lead for good.
“This is very difficult to swallow,” Nets center Garnett said of the loss. “Hard to take, but it’s what it is. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn’t help us at this point.”
Now the Nets are one game away from being ousted from the playoffs. Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.
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Nets Dominate Third Quarter to Plow Past Heat

Nets Dominate Third Quarter to Plow Past Heat

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Brooklyn Nets outscored the Miami Heat 26-14 in the third quarter to take control of the game and eventually win it 104-90 Saturday night, to take Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.
“To sum it…

Heat Take Control Late to Clip Nets

Heat Take Control Late to Clip Nets

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Brooklyn Nets were within range of the Miami Heat until they couldn’t get the ball back Thursday night.
The Nets trailed by eight points with 3:39 to play but proceeded to let Miami have a possession that took 1…

Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Brooklyn Nets went 4-0 against the Miami Heat during the regular season, but all that went out the window on Tuesday night.
LeBron James scored 22 points as the Heat routed the Nets 107-86 to take a 1-0 lead in t…

Sixers’ Michael Carter-Williams Officially Named NBA Rookie of the Year

Sixers’ Michael Carter-Williams Officially Named NBA Rookie of the Year

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams has officially been named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, the league announced Monday morning.
Carter-Williams is the first 76er to win the award since Al…

Scoreboard Roundup 5/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup 5/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Toronto Raptors 103 (Nets Win Series, 4-3)
San Antonio Spurs 119 – Dallas Mavericks 96 (Spurs Win Series, 4-3)
NHL Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Minnesota Wild 1 (Chicago Leads …

Nets Hold Off Raptors, 104-103 in Game 7, Prepare for Heat

Nets Hold Off Raptors, 104-103 in Game 7, Prepare for Heat

Elsa/Getty Images(TORONTO) — Paul Pierce was brought to Brooklyn for veteran leadership and clutch plays this offseason and delivered in Brooklyn’s 104-103 win in Game 7 against Toronto.
Pierce only had 10 points, but blocked Raptors guard Kyle Lowry …

Nets Capture Raptors to Force Deciding Game 7

Nets Capture Raptors to Force Deciding Game 7

Elsa/Getty Images(BROOKLYN) — The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors have played many close games in this best-of-seven first-round series. This wasn’t one of them.
Deron Williams had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead the Nets past the …

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/2/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – First Round: Brooklyn Nets 97 – Toronto Raptors 83 (Series tied, 3-3)
Dallas Mavericks 113 – San Antonio Spurs 111 (Series tied, 3-3)
Portland Trail Blazers 99 – Houston Rockets 98 (Trail Blazers win seri…

Raptors Hold Off Nets’ Rally, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Raptors Hold Off Nets’ Rally, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(TORONTO) –  Kyle Lowry scored 36 points as the Toronto Raptors held off the Brooklyn Nets 115-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Toronto led by as many as 26 point…

DeRozan, Lowry Lead Raptors Past Nets, Tie Series 2-2

DeRozan, Lowry Lead Raptors Past Nets, Tie Series 2-2

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 22, as the Toronto Raptors evened their first-round playoff series at two games apiece by beating the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 Sunday night. 
The Nets took the lead …

Nets Fend Off Late Raptors’ Rally, Take 2-1 Series Lead

Nets Fend Off Late Raptors’ Rally, Take 2-1 Series Lead

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each hit two clutch free throws down the stretch to help the Brooklyn Nets fend off the Toronto Raptors, 102-98 Friday night, to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff se…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/25/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) —  NBA Playoffs – First Round:  Brooklyn Nets 102 – Toronto Raptors 98 (Nets lead series, 2-1)
Chicago Bulls 100 – Washington Wizards 97 (Wizards lead series, 2-1)
Houston Rockets 121 – Portland Trail Blazers 11…

NBA Fines Raptors GM Masai Ujiri $25,000 for Expletive

NBA Fines Raptors GM Masai Ujiri $25,000 for Expletive

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A poor moment of judgement has forced the NBA to fine Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri $25,000 for his comments during a pep rally prior to the team’s playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday…

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