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Toronto Sun takes shot at Brooklyn Nets with newspaper cover

toronto-raptors-claw-logoAfter a regular season that saw the Toronto Raptors win a franchise record 48 games during the regular season, the team now has their sights set on an NBA championship as the NBA playoffs begin this weekend.

The Raptors secured the Eastern Conference’s three seed as Atlantic Division champs. Their first-round matchup will be against the team who finished behind them in the division, the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets, of course, added 36-year-old Paul Pierce and 37-year-old Kevin Garnett last summer to bolster their hopes of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the season. When you have older players on your team, sometimes people take shots their ages, like the Toronto Sun.

Cold world.

The Nets had a chance to claim the fifth seed on the final day of the season with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Jason Kidd rested all five of his starters. The 114-85 loss (combined with a Wizards win over the Celtics) meant the Nets fell to sixth.

Did the Nets “tank” that final game to set up a series with the Raptors? Some around Toronto think so.

LeBron James dismisses question about Nets being biggest competition (Video)

LeBron-James-interviewThe Brooklyn Nets completed a season sweep of Miami Heat on Tuesday night, defeating the Eastern Conference leaders for the fourth time this season. LeBron James seems to think that is a coincidence.

After the game, TNT’s Craig Sager asked LeBron if the Nets are the Heat’s biggest challenge in the East. King James seemed borderline offended by the question.

“Get outta here, Craig,” he muttered while laughing sarcastically. “Next question.”

Brooklyn officially has all the bulletin board material it should need when the postseason begins. The Nets are currently the No. 5 seed in the East, and it looks like they could stay there with three games separating them and the No. 6 seed Washington Wizards. There are five games remaining in the regular season.

What does that mean? The Heat could, in theory, play the Nets in the second round of the playoffs if both teams advance. I don’t necessarily think four regular season games indicate that that there is some sort of matchup problem between Brooklyn and Miami, but the motivation will be there. I’m surprised LeBron disrespected the Nets like that.

Jason Collins to sign with Brooklyn Nets

Jason CollinsThe Brooklyn Nets worked out free agent forward Jason Collins last week and were strongly considering signing him. According to various reports, Collins will sign a 10-day contract with the Nets and be available to play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported, Collins was Plan B for the Nets after they pursued Glen Davis. Big Baby is expected to clear waivers at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Collins came out as gay last year and has been a free agent since due to his age and declining ability. The 35-year-old played for the Washington Wizards last season.

Once he signs, Collins will become the first openly gay player in one of the four major American sports. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com noted that Collins has said he wanted to be signed as a basketball decision and not a PR stunt, and it seems he will get his wish. The Nets are in need of front court help after trading Reggie Evans and missing out on Davis.

Jason Kidd not wearing a tie has coincided with Nets’ winning

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The Brooklyn Nets have finally started to string together some wins. After losing six of seven to close out the month of December, the Nets have kicked off January by winning six of seven. While some might argue that the key to success has been the resurgence of Joe Johnson or the ability of players to step up in Deron Williams’ absence, we think Jason Kidd’s wardrobe selections are the answer.

Those of you who follow the Nets may have noticed that Kidd has not been wearing a tie lately. After Brooklyn’s win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, Sekou Smith of NBA.com pointed out that the Nets are 6-1 since Kidd stopped wearing a tie during games. This look obviously wasn’t working for the team:

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Expect to see more of Kidd’s tight undershirts as the season progresses. There’s no sense going back to the old style.

Photo via @cjzero

Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets unveil nickname jerseys

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As anticipated, the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat will be wearing jerseys with nicknames on the back of them when they face off on Jan. 10. We already showed you Ray Allen’s Jesus Shuttleworth jersey, which is sure to be a huge hit, but on Thursday some of the others were unveiled.

As you can see from the photo above that SLAM Magazine shared, LeBron James will be going with the standard “King James” while Norris Cole is apparently called “Cole Train.” Here are some of the Nets players’ jerseys:

Andrei Kirilenko is going with his name written in the Cyrillic alphabet, presumably because his “AK-47″ nickname was not approved by the league. For the most part, the nicknames are everything we expected. I’m still holding out hope that someone will wow us with something hilarious.

H/T Extra Mustard

Jason Kidd reportedly could be fired before All-Star break

Jason KiddRemember how it seemed like the Brooklyn Nets were going to stand by Jason Kidd despite the team’s rocky start? Yeah, well now it seems like they could be more willing to abandon their project.

The Nets are 10-19 and a new report says Kidd is losing support within the organization.

Here’s what Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojarowski reported on Friday:

The Nets had tried to be supportive of Kidd, but patience is running low on the belief he can deliver the structure and organization desperately needed. As the Nets have devolved into chaos, Kidd has increasingly isolated himself within the locker room and organization, sources told Yahoo Sports. From management to players, Kidd has shown an inability to manage crisis and keep the respect of his players.

One of the biggest issues for the team, according to Woj, is that Kidd has not given his team a structure and identity, which has left the players unsure about their roles. Woj calls out Kidd for not working through problems and taking responsibility. He compares Kidd the coach to how Kidd became personality-wise when he was a player.

The lines between Woj injecting his opinion and passing along the feelings of those within the organization are distorted, but it’s pretty clear Kidd is on thin ice. Woj says if things don’t turn around, Kidd could be out by the All-Star break.

You can bet that most of the stuff Woj is writing about now wouldn’t be a problem if the Nets were winning, but now Kidd looks terrible because his team is losing. He needs to turn things around otherwise he’ll be out of his job before long. That seems to be the direction we’re heading.

Jason Terry skinned a zebra for his shoes and socks

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At least we can say one thing about the Brooklyn Nets: they looked much better in their clothes than they did in their game on Christmas.

The Nets were crushed at home by the Chicago Bulls 95-78 to fall to 9-19. As part of their Christmas outfits, though, they wore swirling socks. The socks looked better on some than others. But check out what Jason Terry did. He had zebra striped shoes to match his high socks:

It’s a little much for me, but not a bad look.

Image via @cjzero