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Nets beat writer Rod Boone talks Nets on the YES Network's 'BK Connect'

Nets' Brook Lopez is congratulated by teammates Deron

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I joined host Chris Shearn for a new YES Network segment called "BK Connect." It debuts Friday night on "Nets Magazine" and will air again Saturday on the pregame show. But through the magic of the Internet, you can peep it now.

Check it out and tell me what you think....

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The Morning After: Hey A.I., Practice was the Nets' Answer

Brook Lopez and Deron Williams celebrate a basket

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With all apologies to Allen Iverson, whose retirement tour brought him to the Barclays Center last Friday for the Nets’ tilt with the Heat, we’re talking about practice here.

In the aftermath of Sunday’s debacle in Orlando, when a bunch of zombies seemed to be masquerading around in black Brooklyn uniforms, the Nets say they ramped things up a notch or two or three in Monday’s practice. That,...

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Kevin Garnett preaches patience

Kevin Garnett shoots over the Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson

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CLEVELAND -- Kevin Garnett mean-mugged, scrunching his face up into a pretend angry scowl as he tried to explain how his new teammates were anxious for instant results.

The Nets had just lost their season opener to the Cavaliers, falling 98-94 Wednesday night after failing to knock down any clutch baskets late in the fourth quarter with their starting point guard on the bench. Garnett, seated...

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Nets eager to start their journey

Nets' Paul Pierce, left, and Jason Terry watch

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CLEVELAND -- They filed into Quicken Loans Arena shortly before 10 a.m., going over their final preparations before getting things tipped off in this rust belt city Wednesday evening.

The new-look Nets were all business, but there’s no denying there’s a sense of excitement and anticipation as they get set to begin a much-hyped 2013-14 campaign.

“It feels good, our first game of the season,...

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Deron Williams encouraged, unsure about playing in preseason finale

Nets point guard Deron Williams speaks to reporters

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Coral Gables, Fla. -- Just for kicks, after he'd wrapped up his second full contact practice of the preseason Thursday afternoon, Deron Williams threw down a pair dunks.

First, Williams playfully dunked right-handed and then proceeded to do a reverse, testing his right ankle and doing so knowing the assembled media was in clear view. It may sound like nothing, but those pair of dunks represented...

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Nets ready for preseason opener

Nets' Paul Pierce, left, and Jason Terry watch

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WASHINGTON -- It's about that time.

Roughly around 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Nets shuffled through the bowels of the Verizon Center, preparing for the first game of what they hope is a long journey that runs deep into June. They're tipping off a new era when they meet the Wizards in their preseason opener, one that has them unsure just how long it's going to take for them to effectively mesh together.

"I...

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Nets leave Duke feeling satisfied

Nets general manager Billy King, left, talks with

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DURHAM, N.C. -- It's back to the Big Apple.

The Nets broke the early portion of training camp Saturday, proclaiming it a success. Five days of practice at Duke University are in the books, and they feel they got their work in before heading back home to prepare for Tuesday's preseason opener against the Wizards in Washington, D.C.

"I feel like we improved every day, both defenisvely...

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Jason Kidd suspended two games for DWI incident

Nets coach Jason Kidd speaks with members of

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Jason Kidd has been suspended for two games for pleading guilty to driving while impaired, the NBA announced Friday.

The suspension, which was expected since the league has a precedent whe handing out discipline for such incidents, means Kidd won't be on the sidelines when the Nets open their season against the Cavs in Cleveland on Oct. 30. Kidd will also miss the Nets' home...

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Kidd tricks Nets' quartet

Deron Williams, second from left, in the pool

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DURHAM, N.C. -- They got put in a trick.

Probably thinking they were going to be able to doing everything just short of sipping on some pina coladas, many of the Nets veterans were rather thrilled when coach Jason Kidd dispatched them to the pool during their Wednesday evening practice session.

Boy, were they apparently duped.

“Nah, see when we went down there, they made it seem...

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King: Now's the time to win it

Nets general manager Billy King speaks to the

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DURHAM, N.C. -- When he finished retooling the Nets' roster over the summer, Billy King said he thought his team had a roughly two-year window to win a title with Kevin Garnett & Co. on board.

In a sense, that glass has been pried open and King wants the Nets to climb through it immediately.

"Now, this is the window. This season," the Nets general manager said Wednesday...

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