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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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Paul Pierce: Nets have all the championship ingredients

New Nets player Paul Pierce at a press

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Paul Pierce is making sure the Nets up their ante.

Division title? The veteran small forward basically shrugged off any shred of significance that may come along with winning the Atlantic Division crown, stressing the Nets have a bigger fish to reel in.

“Truthfully, it’s not that important,” Pierce said Monday at the team’s media day at the Barclays Center. “I came here to win a championship....

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Kidd: Nets were too 'vanilla' last season

Nets head coach Jason Kidd speaks with reporters

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd's main task in his first season as the Nets' coach mirrors that same mentality he had when he was traded to the Nets in 2001.

"I think the identity," Kidd said Tuesday when asked what he wants to change within the Nets. "I think it was just vanilla and I think you guys can see after the trade with [Kevin] Garnett and [Paul] Pierce that it's...

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Deron Williams has sprained ankle, bone bruise

Deron Williams reacts late in the second half

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Deron Williams sprained his right ankle and suffered a bone bruise during a recent workout in Utah, but the Nets expect their star point guard to be ready when training camp opens in 12 days.

Williams overcame a rash of injuries and a slow start last season, regaining his form after the All-Star break. He battled through ankle injuries, taking three rounds of cortisone shots and undergoing...

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