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Follow the Nets' return to New York with Newsday's Rod Boone.

Nets prepping for first date with 'rival' Knicks

Avery Johnson and Deron Williams talk on court

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If Avery Johnson wasn't initially aware of the back-and-forth that goes on between Nets and Knicks fans, he sure is now.

"I’ve been asked about this quote-unquote rivalry in the last four to five months more than I had my first two years," the Nets' third-year coach said following practice Tuesday at the PNY Center "So, I feel it. I feel it more when...

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Rivers, Pierce praise Nets' makeover

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) drives against Brooklyn

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Doc Rivers knows a thing or two about pro basketball in this city, given his two-year stint with the Knicks during the 1990s.

Even he could never imagine in his wildest dreams that the Nets would not only move into the city, but become this chic team that's garnering lots of attention.

"No, I didn’t," the Celtics coach said before tonight's game when I asked him what he thought...

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Prokhorov sees title for Nets within three years

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Mikhail Prokhorov doesn't need a crystal ball to peer into the Nets' future.

The Nets' billionaire owner is certain his franchise will have a NBA title and a Larry O'Brien trophy to call its very own sometime relatively soon. As in by 2015. 

"Every team has a grand plan and we are moving on," Prokhorov said after Friday's Barclays Center ribbon cutting ceremony. "Slowly,...

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Cuban says Mavs better off without DWill, ticked at Kidd

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Mark Cuban actually thinks his team is better off without Deron Williams.

No, really.

The Mavericks owner said that signing the All-Star point guard to a mega contract would have hampered Dallas' ability to surround him and Dirk Nowitzki with enough talent.

"In hindsight, I don't know if I would have been happy," told ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Ben & Skin Show"...

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Nets 2012 preseason schedule announced

Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson, left, and

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It's official: The Nets are coming to Long Island for a night. And they're bringing the Knicks with them.

The Nets announced their preseason schedule Thursday, confirming an Aug. 3 Newsday report that the two New York teams would play a preseason game at Nassau Coliseum. The teams are scheduled to play each other on Oct. 24 in the Nets' preseason finale. The Nets will be the home team.

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Deron pleased Dwightmare is over, says it was getting 'old'

Deron Williams, center, in action during the men's

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Deron Williams is glad the Dwightmare is finally in the rearview mirror.

With Dwight Howard officially traded to the Lakers yesterday, the Nets can truly move on from their fruitless pursuit of the NBA's top center, something that's perfectly fine with the Nets All-Star point guard. 

“We went down that road a lot," he told reporters after Team USA's semifinal win over Argentina....

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MarShon Brooks ready for buzz of Nets-Knicks

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Knowing full well that Knicks fans might pack the Barclays Center on opening night, Nets shooting guard MarShon Brooks said it’s an opportunity for “the new guys on the block.”

“We just wanna try to steal some New York fans, so what better way to start than by getting a win on opening day,” Brooks said. “New York is gonna be buzzing for that game. It’s the start of a rivalry.”

When the...

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Nets hit the prime time: Brooklyn has 12 national TV games

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The Nets are about to truly hit the national scene in a few months.

Spurred by all the buzz they've been creating, the Nets are on tap to be on national television 12 times -- excluding games on NBATV -- during the 2012-13 campaign. They're scheduled to be on ESPN nine times and will be shown on TNT three times during their inaugural season at the Barclays Center.

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Nash calls Nets an 'exciting opportunity'

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash watches a free throw

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Steve Nash is ready to get this whole free agency thing going.

The All-Star point guard will probably be wooed by more than a few teams once midnight arrives on Sunday and free agency kicks off. If the Nets are among those squads inquiring about his services, Nash will be all ears.

"Sure," he said not long ago before his Steve Nash Foundation Showdown soccer game at Sara D....

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Kidd wouldn't mind playing for Nets, Knicks

Mavericks guard Jason Kidd in an undated file

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Jason Kidd in Brooklyn as the Nets' backup point guard?

It could happen, if you believe Kidd. Speaking this afternoon on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN NY's 98.7FM, the soon-to-be free agent certainly left open the possibility of setting up shop somewhere in the metro area next season as a member of the Nets or Knicks.

"I wouldn't mind either one," Kidd said. "They...

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